As we first reported back in April, Prime Video has finally officially confirmed that they have ordered a ‘Cruel Intentions‘ series, based on the film of the same name, and also announced the cast. The 8-episode series comes from Sony Pictures Television and Original Film.
In this new adaptation, ‘Cruel Intentions’ takes place at an elite Washington, D.C., college, where two ruthless step-siblings will do anything to stay on top of the cutthroat social hierarchy. After a brutal hazing incident threatens the entire Panhellenic system at their school, they’ll do whatever is necessary to preserve their power and reputation, even if that means seducing the daughter of the vice president of the United States.
The cast will include Sarah Catherine Hook (First Kill), Zac Burgess (Totally Completely Fine), Savannah Lee Smith (Gossip Girl), Sara Silva (American Horror Stories), Khobe Clarke (Firefly Lane, Yellowjackets), John Harlan Kim (The Last Thing He Told Me, 9-1-1), Brooke Lena Johnson (You), and Sean Patrick Thomas (Till). Claire Forlani, Nikki Crawford, Isabella Tagliati, Zeke Goodman and Jon Tenney are recurring.
“From the ’90s cult-classic film to the 18th-century novel from which it was adapted, Cruel Intentions has captivated audiences with a story that transcends time,” said Lauren Anderson, head of AVOD originals, unscripted, and targeted programming, Amazon MGM Studios. “We are beyond thrilled to share the next chapter of Cruel Intentions’ intriguing interplay of deception, wit, and reckoning with Prime customers and couldn’t be more appreciative of the commitment, dedication, and talent from this entire team – our incredible cast, endlessly clever writers, led by Phoebe and Sara, our fantastic partners at Sony and Original Film, and the executives that led the way at Amazon MGM Studios.”
Sara Goodman (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Preacher) and Phoebe Fisher (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Orange Crush) helm as the series writers and executive producers. Other executive producers will include Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty (Original Film) and Roger Kumble. The original movie was produced by Moritz and was written and directed by Kumble.
“We are so excited to get to work together to continue the legacy of Cruel Intentions, a film that remains beloved by so many – including us!” add Goodman and Fisher. “We promise to make this next iteration as fun, irreverent, and boundary-pushing as the original, and are grateful to our partners at Original Film, Sony, and Amazon MGM Studios for trusting us to keep it Cruel.”
There have been various attempts over the years to make something for TV based on ‘Cruel Intentions’. The first came from FOX as a prequel series called ‘Manchester Prep’. They did shoot three episodes, which never made it on air, but were “remixed” into the direct-to-video movie ‘Cruel Intentions 2’ in 2000. The second attempt was a pilot in 2015 for NBC which was a sequel series continuing the film’s storyline, but the network opted not to move forward with it.
“Cruel Intentions defined an era and is still a centrepiece in popular culture. We are excited to have Phoebe and Sara bring this new adaptation to life, as this has been a passion project of ours since I got to Sony,” commented Lauren Stein, head of creative, Sony Pictures Television. “We are grateful for our partners at Prime Video, Amazon MGM Studios, and Original Film, who brought the movie to life over 20 years ago.”
‘Cruel Intentions‘ Season 1 does not have a premiere date but will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. If you want to keep track of this or any other show, you can add them via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when it gets a UK premiere date.