Everyone’s favorite late 1990s cinematic soap opera (or at least ours) is coming to the small screen: NBC has given a script plus penalty commitment to a TV adaptation of the 1999 film “Cruel Intentions,” itself a loose adaptation of “Dangerous Liaisons.”
The film stared Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar, but the series won’t be based on their characters. Says Deadline:
Set in present day, Cruel Intentions follows the rags-to-riches story of 16-year-old Bash Casey, the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (played by Phillippe) and Annette Hargrove (Witherspoon). Upon finding his late father’s journal, Bash learns of the family legacy he didn’t know existed. In search of answers, he trades his small-town Kansas upbringing for a scholarship to the prestigious Brighton Preparatory Academy in San Francisco and soon finds himself in a world of sex, money, power, and corruption he never could have imagined.
The series will come from the film’s writer-director Roger Kumble and producer Neal H. Moritz, as well as — interestingly — Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, who are the duo behind the “The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions.”