While one could argue the 1999 cult classic is perfect as it is (minus the strange, soft incest plot line) and no one could possibly hold a candle to Sarah Michelle Gellar, we must admit that we're certainly intrigued. IMDb TV, Amazon’s premium free streaming service, is the brave platform ready to take on this huge task.
It must be said, 2021 has not exactly proved to be a fruitful year of revisiting cult 90s classics. One need only watch the first five minutes of Netflix's train wreck He's All That to get the gist. But with Phoebe Fisher - producer for Euphoria - and Gossip Girl writer Sara Goodman developing the series, we're confident that the reboot is in safe hands and that they can deliver us a series that not only isn't a disaster, but one that does the OG justice.
What is the TV reboot of 'Cruel Intentions' about?
As for the plot? There's going to be a few key differences to Kumble's 1999 - I daresay - masterpiece. As we know, the original film was loosely based off of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a novel by Choderlos de Laclos and the TV show will follow suit. But this time around the the reboot will be set in Washington DC - that's a long way from New York City's cushy Upper East Side. Meanwhile both step-siblings will be attending college not high school. According to Deadline the series will focus on “two ruthless step-siblings who will do anything to stay on top. In this case, of the Greek life hierarchy at an elite Washington DC college. After a brutal hazing incident threatens the entire Panhellenic system, they’ll do whatever’s necessary to preserve their power and reputations – even seduce the daughter of the vice president of the United States.” If they're talking about it-girl Ella Emhoff, then honestly, I can't say I blame them.
Who is set to star in the TV series?
When it comes to casting, we're still in the dark. Although, we can't imagine it'll be an easy feat filling the shoes of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe, Selma Blair and Joshua Jackson. But alas, they can only try. Prepare yourself for steamy scenes ahead!