The cruel is coming back. According to Deadline, NBC has committed to a pilot that follows the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions.
Based on the French novel Dangerous Liaisons, Cruel Intentions centered around a scheming set of step-siblings, played by Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Gellar, who plot to bring down innocent virgin Annette Hargrove, played by Reese Witherspoon. As these things turn out, Phillippe’s character Sebastian falls in love with Annette, thereby setting Gellar’s Kathryn on the war path.
The new series will follow the son of Sebastian and Annette, Bash Casey. The show comes from original movie’s writer-director Roger Kumble and the creative team behind the L.A. stage production The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Cruel Intentions.
Set in present day, Cruel Intentions follows the rags-to-riches story of 16-year-old Bash Casey, the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (played by Phillippe) and Annette Hargrove (Witherspoon). 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.”
What do you think? Were you a fan of the film? Would you watch the spin-off series?