Inside Move: ‘Prep’ recycled as ‘Cruel’

Col repackages failed Fox skein for direct-to-vid

If the upcoming direct-to-video movie “Cruel Intentions 2” sounds familiar, that’s because you may remember it in its past life: as the ill-fated Fox drama “Manchester Prep.”

Busted series often get a second life on cable, but it’s extremely rare for a failed show — especially one that never saw the light of day — to find new life as a video title.

Fox put “Prep” on its fall schedule last year but pulled the series before it aired. Fox execs had creative concerns with the show and were bothered by its content, which included explorations of incest and teen sexuality.

Fox had ordered 13 segs of “Prep,” but only two hours — the pilot and one other episode — were even filmed. Now Columbia TriStar Home Video has repackaged the two segs as a sequel to the feature pic “Cruel Intentions.” Given that the average drama episode is only about 44 minutes long, the entire “Cruel Intentions 2” video only clocks in at 87 minutes.

“Manchester Prep,” which was developed as a small-screen version of “Intentions,” was exec produced by the film’s Roger Kumble, and Neal Moritz. Robin Dunne, Amy Adams, Sarah Thompson and Keri Lynn Pratt star.

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