90s Cult-Classic Cruel Intentions is Getting a Reboot

The cult classic 90s film is due for a comeback, this time as a tv series.

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1999’s Cruel Intentions, filled with debauchery, trickery and adolescent masterminds, is now set for a reboot. Directed by Roger Kumble, the film has been enshrined as a 90s cult classic. And though unexpected, with remakes on the rise it was only so long we could keep protect the original.

If you haven’t seen the 1999 teen fav, the film is based on a pair of step-siblings Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) with a not-so-innocent relationship. As part of a bet, Sebastian is supposed to seduce the headmaster’s daughter, Annette (Reese Witherspoon). Yet he unexpectedly falls in love with Annette and life isn’t the same for any of the three teens.

Notably, an earlier attempt at a remake took place in 2016. But, set to be more of a sequel, the project ultimately fell through. But this new series feels more set in stone, currently being developed to air on Amazon’s, IMbd TV.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Like the film, the tv series will be based on Choderlos de Laclos’ novel,  Les Liaisons Dangereuses. As expected, the plot will follow a scheming pair of step-siblings. But instead of an elite New York Private School, the duo will be enrolled at a preppy Washington D.C College.

The synopsis indicates that the series will involve some kind of hazing incident, which leads to the step-siblings to naturally do whatever it takes to preserve their Panhellenic frat power and reputations.  And instead of seducing the Headmaster’s daughter, the series is upgrading to the US Vice President’s daughter.

It’s hard to imagine a reboot being able to emulate the original’s scandalous nature. It held an unprecedented level with its disobedience towards stricter-than-now 90s values. And for many, it was the first time seeing two girls kiss on-screen. But centred around the ruthless pair navigating their way through Greek fraternity and sorority life, we’re hoping the witchy mood-board, dark fashion, wit and preppy affluence will translate.

Justice for the OG

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It would be an understatement to say that modern reboots of 90s classics are risky business. Especially one as sacred as being responsible for the marriage of Witherspoon and Phillippe (and their kids!), the iconic Selma and SMG kiss, and the resulting sexual awakening for 90s youth.

In fact, we’d normally oppose such a dangerous quest. But with Euphoria producer, Phoebe Fisher and Gossip Girl writer Sara Goodman, the series seems to be in trusted hands. So, despite only a few details and a cast yet to be announced, we’re choosing blind faith – keeping our fingers crossed for teen outrage, manipulative immorality and of course young love.

And in order to give Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair and Joshua Jackson even a smidgen of justice, one can only pray and plead for an imitable and uncompromising cast.

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