Pilot season is off to a running start and word on the streets is that the Peacock Network has ordered a pilot pickup for none other than a sequel to the cult flick, Cruel Intentions. Catch the series synopsis below:
Cruel Intentions picks up over 15 years after the hit movie left off. It follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her brother, who was 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.
Forget the straight-to-video sequels that followed the original movie - this pilot/series sounds like it could have potential to capture tons of viewers, either new to this series and/or those who grew up watching the original film. I may be a bit biased as I was a huge fan of the original film. Where else can you find a movie packed with so many of the "it" stars during that time? Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Philippe, Selma Blair, Joshua Jackson - all actors and actresses who definitely are (or were) Hollywood royalty.
Young, wealthy Manhattanite high schoolers who delve into sex, betrayal, and power
On the other hand, NBC seems like an off-kilter network to have such a risqué series televised. I was thinking more along the lines of ABC, CBS, or its younger network, The CW, picking such a series. Gossip Girl, possibly the closest to what Cruel Intentions was about - young, wealthy Manhattanite high schoolers who delve into sex, betrayal, power (basically Mean Girls with a whole lot more edge and sex) - flourished on The CW. It's a bit surprising The CW passed on this opportunity to re-capture that specific audience (including myself), but I suppose they're busy focusing on more of the DC TV Universe.
With the series taking place 15 years after the movie, does that mean Sarah Michelle Gellar would reprise her infamous role as Kathryn Merteuil? I sure would hope so! When Cruel Intentions released, my younger self was definitely shocked to see Gellar in such an "adult" and conniving role, discussing (doing) sex and drugs, as I was accustomed to watching her in the titular role of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (a show I will never get over). Who can forget the infamous kiss between Gellar and Selma Blair? It's not a surprise MTV awarded both stars for “Best Screen Kiss” in 2000. In other words: Gellar would be an excellent choice to return as the original Kathryn, as she is a versatile actress.
Recently, Gellar has come back to the small screen with The CW series, Ringer, as well as CBS' The Crazy Ones, which were unfortunately canceled after its initial season. She also had a voice role in Disney's Star Wars Rebels alongside her husband, Freddy Prinze, Jr.
I really hope the pilot surpasses expectations set by the original movie, or NBC will have to turn to God to help them through their problem (if you catch my drift). Would you give the Cruel Intentions series a chance? Sound off on the comments below!