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NBC has officially ordered a pilot for “Cruel Intentions,” a sequel series to Roger Kumble’s original 1999 film of the same name, according to Variety.
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair, the original was a modern take on the 1782 novel “Les Liaisons dangereuses.” A box-office success, it inspired a direct-to-video prequel and sequel.
According to an earlier report, the TV update will center on Bash Casey, the 16-year-old son of the late Sebastian Valmont (played by Phillppe in the 1999 film) and Annette Hargrove (played by Witherspoon). When he discovers his late father’s journal, Bash learns about the family legacy, and in his search for answers trades life in small-town Kansas for a scholarship to the prestigious Brighton Preparatory Academy in San Francisco.
Kumble is on board to direct the pilot and co-write with Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, who were behind behind this summer’s “Cruel Intentions Musical” in Los Angeles. The project hails from Sony Television.