‘Cruel Intentions’ TV Revival in the Works at NBC

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Cruel Intentions” could be coming to television. NBC has bought a script with a significant commitment from the film’s original director and writer Roger Kumble, Variety has learned.

NBC’s version would take a modern spin on the late ’90s cultural phenomenon that brought Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Selma Blair to worldwide fame.

The present-day “Cruel Intentions” reboot will center around the 16-year-old son of the late Sebastian Valmont (played by Phillippe in the film) and Annette Hargrove (played by Witherspoon), named Bash Casey. Upon finding his late father’s journal, Bash learns of the family legacy he didn’t know existed. In search of answers, 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.

In the 1999 film, Annette was not said to be pregnant, though she did drive away at the end of the movie with Sebastian’s journal by her side after his funeral, as she recalled fond memories of him.

Kumble is attached to direct the pilot, and co-write with scribes Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross who will serve as exec producers on the potential series from Sony Television, along with Neal Moritz and Original Film’s Pavun Shetty who will exec produce through their Sony TV deal. AMBI will also produce.

The series had been pitched around to many networks this month and quickly garnered competitive interest, before ultimately landing at NBC with a script commitment plus penalty.

Rosin and Ross were behind this past summer’s Cruel Intentions Musical in L.A., held at the Rockwell Table and Stage, which became a hot-ticket event when original cast members Witherspoon, Gellar and Blair reunited at a show, causing a social media uproar. It was at one of their shows that the duo met Kumble who become an instant fan of the musical adaptation of his film, sparking the trio’s partnership on developing a TV series together.

Under their Sucker Love Productions banner, Rosin and Ross also adapted “The O.C.” for an unauthorized one-night only show, which sold out this summer in Los Angeles.

For Rosin, “Cruel Intentions” marks her second sale this development season, as she’s co-writing a comedy for CBS, titled “Squad Goals,” from exec producer Ryan Seacrest.

The “Cruel Intentions” reboot is one of many recent television remakes of ’80s and ’90s properties with networks tapping into the nostalgia trend. Fox is bringing back “The X-Files” in January, Showtime has “Twin Peaks” coming up and Netflix is reviving “Full House” by way of a sequel “Fuller House,” which will feature many of the original cast members. NBC also had “Coach” in the works, based on Craig T. Nelson’s long-running comedy, but the net ultimately axed the revival. As for young romance stories, the CW also has “The Notebook” reboot in the works, based on the Nicholas Sparks book and Rachel McAdams/Ryan Gosling movie.

“Cruel Intentions” was a low-budget, surprise box-office hit, bringing in $95 million worldwide. The teen flick was followed by two direct-to-video movies: a prequel from Kumble titled “Cruel Intentions 2,” which starred Amy Adams and was originally prepped to be a Fox TV series called “Manchester Prep,” plus”Cruel Intentions 3,” to which Kumble was not attached.

Kumble is repped by UTA. Rosin is repped by ICM, Foundry Literary + Media, Underground, and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown. Ross is also repped by ICM.

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  1. Manny says:

    OMG this is going to be awesome. Cruel Intentions is one of my favourite movies of all time.

  2. Karen says:

    Two girls making out in a pic is the new Sex Tape it seems! It was a pretty amazing picture. I was in France when that picture of them kissing at the show hit the web and couldn’t believe how much attention it got! Good for them capitalizing on it and turning that social media boom into something. Now excuse me while I go take a picture of myself kissing a girl and posting it online

  3. Amalgamate says:

    mistake-didn’t execs see the huge failure of Scream Queens? That teen mean girls thing is over

  4. steelerbob says:

    I hardly think this movie brought SMG worldwide fame. She was Buffy. That’s where she became a star really

  5. Jessica says:

    The lip lock heard around the world is now a show. When I heard the Notebook was going to be a show I wondered about this. I agree with the prior post. Hope the lucky guy that captured that kiss pic of them is getting a well paid job. I googled him. He’s Bradley206 on Instagram. Brad Everett Young

  6. 90s Are Back says:

    Holy WOW! That KISS pic of Sarah & Selma got these guys a TV show! This goes to show you the power of social media today. It’s get’s people work. Or in this case a TV show. Please tell me the photographer that took that pic is getting a huge check or at least a job! Anyone have a link to that photographers account?

  7. Dunstan says:

    Another coma-inducing soap opera. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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