NBC’s Intentions Are to Bring Back Sarah Michelle Gellar For Its Cruel Intentions ShowPhoto via Getty Images, Andy Kropa TV News
Sarah Michelle Gellar, whose performance as the emotionally merciless Kathryn Merteuil defined the queen bee label, may be coming back to help NBC reboot the iconic Cruel Intentions.
It is unclear whether or not Gellar has agreed to return to the series, but Deadline reports that the Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress is currently looking at the script. If she does accept the role, this show would mark only her third television role since completing Joss Whedon’s female-led cult series. She previously starred in the CBS series The Crazy Ones alongside the late Robin Williams, and in The CW’s Ringer.
The network has already given the go-ahead on a pilot for the 1999 dark romance reboot, which would pick up 15 years after the movie’s end. The film followed Gellar’s character and her stepbrother Sebastian (Ryan Phillipe) as they seduced and destroyed the lives of their high school classmates in a vicious game of manipulation. Reese Witherspoon played Annette Hargrove, a new student and the virgin daughter of the headmaster. Hargrove becomes the next target of the twisted siblings, but things don’t go as planned when Sebestian begins to develop feelings for her.
NBC plans to focus its new series on the 16-year-old son of Annette and Sebastian, Bash Casey. After uncovering his father’s journal, the small town Kansas teen learns of his family’s legacy and trades his quaint upbringing for a scholarship to the prestigious Brighton Preparatory Academy. There he finds himself, like his mother, in a world ruled by sex, money, power and corruption. Gellar would return as her original character, who the series will see vying for control of her late step-brother’s son.
Cruel Intentions is backed by the film’s writer-director Roger Kumble and producer Neal H. Moritz. The team behind The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions, Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross are also working on the series. Sony Pictures TV will produce the television adaptation with Original Film and AMBI.