You can see the family resemblance — Taylor John Smith (American Crime) is set to play the son of Ryan Phillippe’s Sebastian and Reese Witherspoon’s Annette from the cult 1999 movie Cruel Intentions, which also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar. Smith is set as the male lead in NBC’s pilot based on the film, with Gellar in negotiations to reprise her role. She was approached shortly after the project was picked up to pilot. Also cast in the pilot is Samantha Logan (The Fosters).
Set in present day, Cruel Intentions picks up more than 15 years after the movie left off. It follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil — the role played in the movie by Gellar — as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey (Smith), the son of her brother, the late 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. Logan plays Cassidy, the spoiled daughter of Kathryn’s husband Pascal.
Cruel Intentions 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 The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions.
Kumble, whose Cruel Intentions feature screenplay was based on the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos, wrote the pilot script with Rosin and Ross. Kumble will direct. He executive produces with Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film; Rosin and Ross co-executive produce.
Sony Pictures TV, whose sibling Columbia Pictures produced the movie with Moritz’s Original Film, is producing the TV adaptation alongside Original Film and AMBI.
Up-and-comer Smith is recurring on the second season of ABC’s American Crime. He’s repped by CAA and Cohen Entertainment. Logan is with Innovative Artists.