Back in October, we first reported that NBC had ordered a pilot script for a television reboot of the 1999 destined-to-be-classic film, Cruel Intentions.
Now, the show has been picked up to pilot, one step further in advancing the project forward for a full season on this fall’s television slate.
According to NBC, the film series will be set in present day, picking up 15 years after the film left off.
According to press notes, Kathryn Merteuil, made iconic in the film by MTV Movie Award-winner Sarah Michelle Gellar, is vying for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her late brother, Sebastian Valmont and Annette Hargrove (Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon in the film).
Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.
The series comes from the film’s writer/director Roger Kumble and producer Neal H. Moritz, as well as Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, the duo behind The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions, which was the scene of a girl’s night out for the film’s original stars Gellar, Witherspoon and Selma Blair back in May.
No casting details have been announced at the time, specifically whether or not SMG and Witherspoon will pull a Jennie Garth and Shannon Doherty, and appear on the reboot.
While it’s hard to muster much enthusiasm at the thought of yet another reboot, with the film’s original scribe on board, we’ll lean toward casual optimism as we wait for more details, such as casting.
Could this be a return to form for the struggling peacock network? Only time will tell.