How Very! Heathers Writer Returns to Film

Sex and Death 101 , out tomorrow, puts Daniel Waters back in left field
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2008 5:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – Screenwriter Daniel Waters, who made "What's your damage?" part of American slang, is back. His 1989 cult classic, Heathers, paved the way for edgy teen fare from Clueless to Juno, but subsequent unsuccessful projects led him to obscurity. Sex and Death 101 puts him "squarely back into off-kilter territory," the Los Angeles Times reports, in a dark comedy Waters describes as "Roman Polanski directing Seinfeld."

Waters, after working on several major busts, moved into Orson Welles' former home "to get that Citizen Kane mojo." Audiences will soon decide if it worked: Out tomorrow, Sex and Death 101 follows a ladies' man who receives an email listing his sexual partners, past and future, the night before his wedding; for Heathers fans, the cast includes Winona Ryder.