The Cruel Intentions TV series never made it to NBC, and for that, its star Sarah Michelle Gellar is grateful.
In a New York Times interview, Gellar (who played devious step-sister Kathryn Merteuil in the 1999 film and its unaired pilot) stated that the network and the concept were simply not a good fit.
I do not know. She said it was a completely bizarre time. Nothing against NBC, but Cruel Intentions is straight streaming. On the first day, I was like, This isnt working. Its just not a network program. Its not my Cruel Intentions, either.
The Cruel Intentions pilot was released 16 years after the film's events, with Annette now playing Kate Levering, who is now raising her and Sebastians teenage son Bash in Ohio. When Bash flees to San Diego, he discovers his father's past.
After NBC's death, Sony, the production company, shopped the project around, but the cast's extended options ended up not renewed.
IMDb TV, Amazons free streaming service, began developing a different take on the original film in October 2021, almost five years after the passing of NBC. Phoebe Fisher (Euphoria) was set to direct the pilot alongside Sara Goodman (of the original Gossip Girl), while Neal H. Moritz, who directed the originalCruel Intentions film, was one of the project's executive producers.
Gellar is currently seen in the Netflix film Do Revenge, which was released on the streamer on Friday, September 16.
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