Cruel Intentions, the 1999 teen adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons that starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillipe, and Reese Witherspoon, is getting turned into a series at IMDB TV.
The new iteration will follow two ruthless step-siblings willing to do anything to stay on top. On top of what? In this case, the Greek life hierarchy at an elite Washington D.C. college. After a brutal hazing incident threatens the entire system, they’ll do whatever it takes to preserve their power and reputations – even seducing the daughter of the Vice President of the United States.
That absurdity is pretty much par for the course with Cruel Intentions, with the 1999 film truly being one of the horniest movies you’re likely to see. It was successful at the box office and led to direct-to-video prequels and sequels in 2000 and 2004, while it was also turned into a jukebox musical in 2015.
Not only that, but this isn’t the first time an attempt has been made to turn Cruel Intentions into a show. Back in 2016, NBC ordered a pilot in which Gellar was to reprise her role from the film, but it wasn’t picked up to series. Fox had also attempted a prequel series soon after the film, but it was cancelled before making it to air and turned into the aforementioned 2000 DTV movie.
This new series has been written by Phoebe Fisher and Sarah Goodman, who are also executive producing. Interestingly, Goodman is also the writer and showrunner of Amazon’s upcoming I Know What You Did Last Summer TV series, with those original films also starring Gellar back in the late 90s.
IMDB TV is backed by Amazon, and looks to be used as a separate mini streaming platform for shows Amazon either doesn’t want, or at least doesn’t want affiliated with their brand. Sort of like how Touchstone Pictures was Disney’s adult-oriented movie studio back in the 80s and 90s.
Other projects being developed for IMDB TV include the upcoming Bosch spinoff series and series version of 2000s skating movie Lords Of Dogtown. The streamer also currently airs the revival of TNT series Leverage.