A popular 1999 movie that starred Sarah Michelle Gellar is in the works for a TV version at NBC, with Gellar on board to reprise her role.
The project is an adaptation of “Cruel Intentions.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Gellar will return as Kathryn Merteuil in the pilot, and will be a series regular if the project is picked up.
Gellar, 38, took to Instagram to announce her casting, sending out “then and now” photos of herself with Roger Kumble and Neal H. Moritz (see below). Kumble wrote and directed the original movie, which was produced by Moritz, and both men are behind the NBC reboot.
Gellar wrote in her Instagram post: “this picture was taken on the eve of production on the original #cruelintentions. Its me #rogerkumble (director) and #nealmoritz (exec producer) and the other is a picture of us now on the eve of production on the new #cruelintentions. That’s right ‘everybody loves me, and I intend to keep it that way’ #kathrynmerteuil is back!!! I am happy to say that I will be joining them (and @nbctv ) on the new #Crueltv.”
The project marks a return to the “Cruel Intentions” franchise for Gellar after some time away from it. The original “Cruel Intentions” movie was a box office success and spawned two direct-to-video projects — the prequel “Cruel Intentions 2” in 2000 and the sequel “Cruel Intentions 3” in 2004, neither of which had Gellar involved.
“NBC’s ‘Cruel Intentions’ picks up more than 15 years after the 1999 movie left off,” THR reports. “The drama follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil (Gellar) as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey (Taylor John Smith), son of her brother, the late Sebastian Valmont, and Annette Hargrove. Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined. Sophinia Brown will co-star.”