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‘Cruel Intentions’ Reboot TV Series Is Officially Dead, May Be Redeveloped

The reboot of cult 1999 movie Cruel Intentions is officially not going forward. The options on the cast in the pilot, toplined by Sarah Michelle Gellar, are up next week and won’t be renewed. While the current incarnation of Cruel Intentions is dead, I hear producing studio Sony TV might redevelop the idea.

Originally developed and ordered to pilot by NBC last season, the network in May left the project in contention, and the options on the cast were extended by Sony in June. Over the summer, the network considered Cruel Intentions as a possible original series for the long-in-the-works NBCUniversal OTT service. But with the latter nowhere near reality, a summer run remained the sole viable scenario at NBC. That involved adjusting the budget of the project. Lengthy on-and-off discussions between the network and Sony did not result in a deal, and at the end of October, NBC passed on the pilot. Over the past two months, Sony TV shopped it to other outlets. I hear there might be interest in a new take on the premise.

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Based on the 1999 cult movie, Cruel Intentions was set in present day and picks up more than 15 years after the film left off. Kathryn Merteuil (Gellar) vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her late brother, Sebastian Valmont, and Annette Hargrove. 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.

Gellar starred alongside Taylor John Smith, Kate Levering, Samantha Logan, Sophina Brown, Coby Bell and Bryce Cass.

Kumble executive produces the NBC/Sony adaptation with the film’s producer Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film; Rosin and Ross co-executive produce.

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  1. Anonymouson Dec 22, 2016 6:10 pm

    Sony’s TV division is starting to resemble the feature side.

    • Sterlingon Dec 22, 2016 7:24 pm

      Hahahahaha. I read this comment while hearing the Counting Crows “Colorblind” piano hook.

  2. anonon Dec 22, 2016 7:20 pm


    FYI: Sony. Use your common sense and logic. An do this show. But do it right. So if the movies legitimately talented original writers don’t want to do it, do a writer scouting search of all of America to find a writer that is actually capable of doing the job. Because this show, if done right, WILL be huge! That said…. In my opinion… I personally think you should contact that writer behind the Gossip Girl series–Cecily Von Ziegesar–to write it. As she’s clearly demonstrated she’s capable of writing original material in this specific genre. And, furthermore, her books totally read like screenplays, regardless of whether or not she’s aware or not of her screenwriting abilities. Great idea, I know. You’re welcome :)

    • Robbereyon Dec 23, 2016 1:10 am

      I guess you havent seen that really bad pilot. This was nothing more than a take on, more to say “of”, Cruel Intentions 2, that TV handling done in 2000, which started out as a TV series on FOX but has never been aired and instead was made a direct-to-dvd-movie. The source material ia bad. The first movie was good in the year it was released, but where you start of now, is just a bad point.
      If they realy would like to have a new take, they should try to remake the original film, but anyway they will end up like Cruel Intentions 2, which has already been a take on the same stuff, but was later changed.
      We need to open our eyes (better to say, they should, we already have) to see: This is stuff unlikely able to become a good tv series. And that has nothing to do with which outlet it will be on. Just let this series-idea rest forever.

      • anonon Dec 24, 2016 2:50 pm

        Thanks for the writer up, Robbery. Very kind of you to explain your thoughts :) And I actually read the pilot. And I do agree with you about it. But I was hoping they’d work on it and, or, hire a completely new writer to give a new take on it… I mean, this really would be a great hit series if they just found a writer who is actually up to the job to make it the reality it deserves to be! But anyways… That movie was a great one lol! :D Merry Christmas/Hannukah Robberey! :)

  3. on Dec 22, 2016 8:54 pm

    noooo, i want this to be a thing!!

  4. Jakeon Dec 22, 2016 10:31 pm

    why can’t they just put it on netflix or something and let the public decide — such a waste

    • nerdrageon Dec 23, 2016 9:32 am

      You mean Amazon, where the public judges the pilots? Yeah that would be interesting. Keep in mind most stuff gets shot down (generally with very good reason).

    • Vinceon Dec 23, 2016 2:47 pm

      Cause Netflix have never saved a broadcast show. Only cable shows like Longmire.

      • on Dec 23, 2016 7:13 pm

        Wasn’t Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt developed for NBC?

  5. Robbereyon Dec 23, 2016 1:17 am

    God yeah, this wasn’t good anyway. But it’s Kimble who wants his stuff back on the screen so badly. But it won’t work. I’m tired of saying the same stuff everytime an aritcle about this series-to-be-or-not-to-be. The pilot was bad, and a series would have been even worse. It was nothing more a new take on the stuff already done in Cruel Intentions 2 with twisted characters (Bash replaces his late father, Kathryn her mother, and Kathryns step-daughter Kathryn herself.)
    You can’t make a good series out of weak stuff. So all you fan-boys and fan-girls screaming “NO!”: You would have screamed even more if it was made and went as bad as its first episode.

    • on Jan 5, 2017 9:16 pm

      Where can o watch that pilot?

  6. Steveon Dec 23, 2016 1:53 am

    Despite the optimistic noises I doubt we’ll ever see this… the downside of an industry that spends so much on speculative development is that a project loses most of its currency after that first, important shot.

    It’s always frustrating to see a promising show get passed over for a lesser one that fails. Equally frustrating that this almost never leads to a reconsideration.

  7. Dannyon Dec 24, 2016 4:25 pm

    My feelings on the pilot were, yes, it felt a little too beige for 2/3rds of it but it really came together in that last act or two. Kathryn returning to form in two scenes in particular, one of which is the amazing closing scene, sealed it for me and gave me confidence in the direction they were taking