Children of the ’90s, rejoice! Scintillating smash hit Cruel Intentions may be brought back to life for a TV series. As Variety reports, NBC has already purchased a script for the project, which includes “a significant commitment” from Roger Kumble, the film’s original director.
The reboot would take place in the present-day, its focus centered on Bash Casey, the 16-year-old son of the late Sebastian Valmont (played originally by Ryan Philippe) and Anette Hargrove (played originally by Reese Witherspoon). A synopsis from Variety reads:
“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.”
It’s unclear whether original cast members Philippe, Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Selma Blair will appear or reprise their roles in the reboot. Kumble is expected to direct the show’s pilot episode, as well as co-write it alongside Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross.
Both Rosin and Ross are no strangers to the Cruel Intentions world; over the summer, they helmed the Cruel Intentions Musical in Los Angeles. Witherspoon, Gellar, and Blair were in attendance at one of the showings resulting in a surprise cast reunion of sorts, as well as a reenactment of the original Gellar-Blair kiss heard ’round the world.
Revisit a trailer for the original Cruel Intentions film, followed by some pictures from the mini reunion.