NBC is reported to have picked up a follow-up series to the classic 1999 movie.
Fans of the late nineties favourite Cruel Intentions will be delighted to learn that a TV sequel, focussed on the child of Annette Hargrove and Sebastian Valmont, is currently in the works.
According to Deadline on Wednesday (October 21st), NBC is picking up a series revolving around Bash Casey, the son of the characters played by Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, the latter of which died at the end of the original movie. It would seem that Annette was pregnant at that point, and the storyline of the mooted series will pick up on the life of the now-16 year old boy.
Reese Witherspoon, one of the stars of the original Cruel Intentions movie
Cruel Intentions’ scriptwriter and director Roger Kumble and producer Neal H. Moritz are both on board for the new series, and have reportedly teamed up with the team behind ‘The Unauthorised Musical Parody of Cruel Intentions’, Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross. The production opened to positive reviews earlier in 2015, and was even attended by the stars of the original, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair.
The report by Deadline claims that Casey will discover his father’s infamous journal and his legacy, as “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.”
Of course, fans will remember that there were two actual follow-up movies to the 1999 original: Cruel Intentions 2 (2000), which itself was the product of a cancelled Fox series planned as a prequel to the events of the first movie, and the straight-to-video Cruel Intentions 3 (2004), whose events and characters bore almost no relation to those of the original.
Neither was particularly well-received, so fans of the iconic first film will be hoping that the new project provides a fitting legacy for it. It’s not yet known whether any of the original stars will be featuring in the as-yet-untitled series.