To mix generations and media, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ was always the Jan Brady to ‘Scream’s Marcia Marcia Marcia! It was nowhere near as witty or self-aware (or scary for that matter), but it boasted a far prettier and high-profile cast, fronted by ‘Party of Five’ breakout Jennifer Love Hewitt, plus Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, her ‘Cruel Intentions’ castmate, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr., pre-‘She’s All That’. And it proved to be almost as successful, spawning one sequel. Now, following in ‘Scream’s footprints ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ is stalking to television and has lined up some major talent– ‘Aquaman’s James Wan will direct the pilot and serve as a producer. Shay Hatten (‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’) is penning the script. The show is being developed for Amazon by one of the film’s original producers, Neal H. Moritz, who recently signed a three-year deal with Sony Pictures Television.
Sony has been working on getting a reboot off the ground for years, mainly eyeing a big-screen return. Last fall, Jason Blum of Blumhouse teased that he might be working on a reboot of this and/or ‘Scream’.
Both original movies ‘Scream’ and ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ were written by Kevin Williamson, although ‘I Know What You Did’ was based on a novel by Lois Duncan, so Williamson wasn’t as free to indulge his meta impulses as he was with ‘Scream’. ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ made $125.2 million on a budget of $17M, leading to the sequel ‘I Still Know What You Did Last Summer’, with an inflated budget of $24M, a tropical setting in the Bahamas, and new cast members R&B superstar Brandy, and Mekhi Phifer. That film only made $84M, effectively ending the franchise. (A completely unrelated sequel, “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer’ was released straight-to-video in 2006.)
MTV launched ‘Scream: The TV Series’ in 2015, which was inspired by the ‘Scream’ movie franchise but was not a continuation. The show lasted for two seasons. Recently, MTV’s sister station VH1 launched a third season, which was a complete reboot.
The ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ TV adaptation is in the earliest stages of development, so check back for any updates.
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