The potential show picks up 15 years after the movie left off and centers around the teenage son of the film’s characters made famous by Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon.
The original writer and director of “Cruel Intentions,” Roger Kumble, is attached to the pilot as director. He will also serve as exec producer, along with Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross who co-wrote the script for the modern-day reboot. Hailing from Sony Pictures Television and Original Film, Neil Moritz and Pavun Shetty are also EPs.
NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil, the character played by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the ’90s flick, as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey who is the son of her brother, the late Sebastian Valmont (Phillippe in the film), and Annette Hargrove (Witherspoon). 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. (In the 1999 movie, Annette was not said to be pregnant, but she drove away at the end of the movie with Sebastian’s journal by her side after his funeral.)
The modern-day TV series came about, following this past summer’s “Cruel Intentions” musical in Los Angeles, which came from the writing duo Rosin and Ross. After Kumble was in the audience and became an immediate fan of the pair’s take on the cultural phenomenon, the group started to work on a TV series together. In October, the project landed at NBC with a script commitment plus penalty.
Other than the “Cruel Intentions” musical, Rosin and Ross also adapted “The O.C.” for an unauthorized one-night only show, which sold out this summer in L.A. Both productions hailed from their Sucker Love Productions banner, and up next is a “Friday Night Lights” musical., which is expected to premiere this year.
Rosin also has another script in contention for a pilot pickup over at CBS with “Squad Goals,” a comedy being exec produced by Ryan Seacrest.
The scandalous, soapy young romance world of “Cruel Intentions” is a different type of genre show for NBC’s pilot slate, which is currently full of legal dramas, action and supernatural projects. On the revival trend, the network gave a straight-to-series order to a “Taken” follow-up, based on the Liam Neeson action franchise.
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.
For detailed information on all of this year’s pilots, see Variety’s Pilot Scorecard.