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The Cruel Intentions reboot seems about as dead as Sarah Michelle Gellar in Scream 2.
Deadline reports that next weeks the options on the cast in the pilot, including Gellar who co-starred in the 1999 adaption of Les Liaisons dangereuses, will be up next week and will not be renewed. NBC passed on the pilot back in late October, so with this comes the last nail in the coffin for the reboot. Though this current iteration will not move forward in any form, Sony TV may decide to redevelop the idea at some point down the road.
NBC originally developed and ordered the pilot for Cruel Intentions last season. The series was up in the air for a while as NBC left it off its Fall schedule, and Sony decided to extend its options on the cast. After NBC passed on the pilot Sony shopped it around to other places, but to no avail (at least with this current iteration of the reboot).
The Cruel Intentions reboot series would have taken place in present day, fifteen years after the events of the film. Gellar’s Kathryn Merteuil would have been back, vying for control of both Valmont International and Bash Casey, her late brother’s (Ryan Phillippe in the film) son. Bash discovers his father’s journal and finds himself drawn into their hidden world of sex, wealth and corruption. The series starred Gellar along with Taylor John Smith, Kate Levering, Samantha Logan, Sophina Brown, Coby Bell and Bryce Cass. Kumble, who wrote and directed the film, executive produced with Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross.