Late last fall, NBC announced that they would be shooting a pilot for a new series based on the 1999 millennial hit film, “Cruel Intentions.” While the series will focus on a new batch of corruptible youth, original lead actress Sarah Michelle Gellar announced today that she would be back for the pilot.
Speculation on Gellar’s return has been buzzing, and the actress confirmed her role reprisal today on Instagram, by posing the with “Cruel Intentions” current and former producers Roger Kumble and Neal Moritz.
#throwbackthursday (a bit early in Los Angeles) 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
According the The Hollywood Reporter, the series will, “Pick up more than 15 years after the 1999 movie left off. 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.”
The pilot production is underway now. If the pilot gets picked up for a full series, it’s likely NBC will make the announcement this May at their Upfronts presentation.