Saved by the Bell is getting the Lifetime movie treatment in The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story.
The movie is supposed to show all the juicy behind-the-the-scenes drama that fans of the squeaky-clean series didn’t get to see. Unfortunately, judging from the movie’s recently-released teaser, they weren’t missing much.
According to the Daily News, the clip above features Dylan Everett as Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris), Sam Kindseth as Dustin Diamond (Screech Powers), Julian Works as Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater) Alyssa Lynch as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski), Tiera Skovbye as Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano), and Taylor Russell McKenzie as Lark Voohries (Lisa Turtle).
The most dramatic moment in the teaser for The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story comes when Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Lark Voorhies get in a shoulder shoving match during a photo shoot. Voorhies has a thing for Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and she gets jealous after seeing Thiessen flirt with him.
Mario Lopez acts like a real-life Slater by doing push-ups to prepare for the photo shoot, and Gosselaar is annoyed by the actor’s display of his athletic prowess. Elizabeth Berkley also lashes out at Lopez when she’s forced to pose with the stinky, sweaty star. The teaser ends with the entire cast arguing with one another.
Basically, the whole point of the Saved by the Bell Lifetime movie is to ruin your childhood by showing you how much your favorite group of friends hated each other in real life.
You definitely shouldn’t expect a realistic look at the lives of the Saved by the Bell cast. The teaser makes The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story look like a campy mess deserving of a Sharknado-style Twitter lampooning. However, it doesn’t sound like the Lifetime movie is supposed to be funny.
According to Buzzfeed, the Saved by the Bell movie is based on “hours of brand-new interviews” that were conducted solely for the Lifetime special. So real research was done here; a Lifetime screenplay writer didn’t just read Dustin Diamond’s Behind the Bell memoir, a scandalous tell-all that included sordid stories about threesomes, rape, and drug use.
The drama is still ongoing when it comes to Diamond. As The Inquisitr previously reported, Mark-Paul Gosselaar recently slammed Dustin Diamond’s account of what went on behind the scenes of Saved by the Bell:
“Everything that I’ve heard about his book is negative and I don’t remember those things, My experience on the show was very positive and that’s why when people say, ‘Oh, you don’t like talking about it.’ It’s like, No, I don’t mind talking about it, I just don’t really remember that time, and also everything I do remember was extremely positive.”
It sounds like Gosselaar also isn’t going to be a fan of the negative picture painted by the Saved by the Bell Lifetime movie.
The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story will air Sept. 1 at 9 pm on Lifetime. Are you a nostalgic 90s fan who is so excited that you just can’t hide it, or are you scared that Lifetime is going to ruin one of your favorite childhood shows forever?
[Image credit: Lifetime]