If you were a fan of the 1999 cult classic, Cruel Intentions, you’ll be thrilled to know that the film’s sequel is coming to the small screen. The original was a box office success for its time, grossing $75 million worldwide on a $10.5 million budget. It lived on in spirit as a direct-to-DVD franchise with two sequels, rightfully entitled Cruel Intentions 2 and Cruel Intentions 3. Sony TV hopes to revive and capitalize on the film’s previous popularity. Which brings up two important questions. Do we need a Cruel Intentions TV show? No. Do we want one? Hell yes.
Here’s the unofficial Cruel Intentions TV show plot synopsis, courtesy of Deadline:
Set in present day, Cruel Intentions follows the rags-to-riches story of 16-year-old Bash Casey, the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (played by Phillippe) and Annette Hargrove (Witherspoon). Upon finding his late father’s journal, Bash learns of the family legacy he didn’t know existed. In search of answers, he trades his small-town Kansas upbringing for a scholarship to the prestigious Brighton Preparatory Academy in San Francisco and soon finds himself in a world of sex, money, power, and corruption he never could have imagined.
NBC has hired the film’s original writer-director Roger Kumble (Just Friends; The Sweetest Thing) to spearhead the project. Producer Neal H. Moritz. Kumble, who has been working as a TV episodic director for the past five years, is set to helm the potential pilot and develop the script; he will also executive produce with Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film. Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, the duo behind the The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions, will also join the Cruel Intentions TV show team to help develop the script in addition to being co-executive producers.
The series joins a lineup of TV show remakes from Sony TV including My Best Friend’s Wedding (ABC), Think Like A Man (Fox), and In The Line Of Fire (NBC). Just this year alone, 2015 television has been privy to many series adapted from the silver screen, including Teen Wolf, Scream, Ash vs. The Evil Dead, Limitless, and 12 Monkeys. Sony also has its hands on three more film to television adaptations in the works, which includes My Best Friend’s Wedding for ABC, Think Like a Man for FOX, and In the Line of fire for NBC. Furthermore, Taken is being adapted for NBC, Lethal Weapon and Behind Enemy Lines for FOX, Training Day for CBS, and The Notebook for none other than the CW.
An official series premiere date has yet to be announced for the Cruel Intentions TV show, but we’ll keep you updated as the production gains momentum.