'Cruel Intentions' Is Getting a Series Reboot

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It's hard to forget Cruel Intentions. From the cast (Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe) to the setting (a New York City private school) to the controversial love triangle, the 1999 movie is still present in our cultural consciousness. It only makes sense, then, that it is another one of the films heading for a reboot. Cruel Intentions is set to be reimagined as a series, though with some pivotal changes.

The original movie was based on the 1782 novel epistolary novel, Les Liaisons dangereuses. The reboot, now in development at IMDb TV, Amazon’s premium free streaming service, will also be inspired by the novel, though will place the storyline in a new setting—an elite Washington, D.C. college.

According to Deadline, the adaptation, like the original movie, will follow "two ruthless step siblings [who] will do anything to stay on top." However, rather than New York society, this pair of step siblings is trying to dominate the Greek life hierarchy at their school.

"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," Deadline reports.

The series is being written by Phoebe Fisher and Sara Goodman. The pair met while working on I Know What You Did Last Summer, a Prime Video series adapted from another 1990s movie, set to premiere October 15. Neal H. Moritz of Original Film, who produced the original Cruel Intentions is executive producing the new adaptation.

This isn't the first time a Cruel Intentions adaptation has been in the works. In 2015, NBC announced a pilot, portraying a continuation of the film's storyline. Gellar even signed on to reprise her role. However, in 2016, the network announced that the series would not go forward.

Can't wait until the reboot? Watch the original movie here.

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