Cruel Intentions‘ lengthy and torturous journey to the small display screen was not all for naught.
TVLine has confirmed completely that Amazon has positioned an eight-episode sequence order for the long-gestating TV adaptation of the 1999 movie. Manufacturing is ready to get underway later this month in Toronto.
Though the undertaking had been in growth at Freevee, Amazon’s free streaming service, insiders say there’s an opportunity the sequence might shift to sibling streamer Prime Video.
Reps for each Freevee and Prime Video declined remark.
Set in Washington, D.C., the sequence follows two ruthless step-siblings who will do something to remain on the high of the Greek Life hierarchy at their elite faculty. When a brutal hazing incident threatens the complete Panhellenic system, they’ll do no matter is important to protect their energy and reputations… together with seducing the daughter of the U.S. vp.
The OG movie model of Merciless Intentions — which was itself primarily based on the 18th-century novel Harmful Liaisons — starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe as step-siblings Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont, who wagered on Sebastian’s potential to seduce Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon), the daughter of the headmaster at their elite New York Metropolis prep faculty.
In 2016, NBC ordered to pilot a sequel sequence that will have taken place 16 years after the occasions of the movie, with Gellar set to return as Kathryn. The pilot was finally not given a series order, and it failed to find a home elsewhere.
Final October, Gellar admitted that she was “grateful” the NBC iteration did not move forward. “Nothing towards NBC, however Merciless Intentions is straight streaming,” she advised the New York Occasions. “On the primary day, I used to be like, ‘This isn’t working.’ It’s simply not a community present. And if it’s a community present, it’s not my Merciless Intentions. So, I used to be really grateful.”
Previous to NBC’s efforts, Fox tried a prequel sequence titled Manchester Prep in 1999. The undertaking was scrapped earlier than it aired, however three of the produced episodes had been was the direct-to-video movie Merciless Intentions 2, which was launched in 2001.
Amazon’s Merciless Intentions, of which Gellar shouldn’t be concerned, first went into development in October 2021, with Phoebe Fisher (Euphoria) tapped to put in writing the pilot alongside Sara Goodman (of the unique Gossip Woman). Neal H. Moritz — who produced the unique Merciless Intentions movie — is among the many govt producers.