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‘Cruel Intentions’ TV Series in Development at IMDb TV

Adaptation of 1999 teen drama will be led by Sara Goodman and Phoebe Fisher

Amazon’s IMDb TV is developing a TV series adaptation of “Cruel Intentions.”

The project, which is from Sony Pictures Television, Amazon Studios and Original Film, will be written by Sara Goodman and Phoebe Fisher. Neil Moritz, who produced the 1999 film, is an executive producer on the project.

Here is the logline for “Cruel Intentions”:

An hour-long drama series where two ruthless step siblings will do anything to stay on top. In this case, of the Greek life hierarchy at an elite Washington, D.C. college. After a brutal hazing incident threatens the entire Panhellenic system, they’ll do whatever’s necessary to preserve their power and reputations — even seduce the daughter of the Vice President of the United States.

Additional executive producers include Pavun Shetty, Andrea Iervolino, Monica Bacardi and Bruce Mellon.

Released in 1999, “Cruel Intentions” starred Sarah Michelle Geller and Ryan Phillippe as step-siblings Sebastian and Kathryn, who make Reese Witherspoon’s Annette an unwitting pawn in a bet between them. The movie also starred Selma Blair, Joshua Jackson, Tara Reid, Christine Baranski and Louise Fletcher. It grossed $75.9 million on a budget of $10 million.

In addition to “Cruel Intentions,” Goodman is the writer and executive producer of another TV adaptation of a Sarah Michelle Geller-led movie, “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” That series, for Amazon Prime Video, will debut on Oct. 15. Goodman and Fisher first met while the two were working on the “I Know What You Did Last Summer” movie in the 1990s.

IMDb TV is Amazon’s free, ad-supported streaming service.

Launched in 2019, IMDb TV (then known as IMDb Freedive) was more like ViacomCBS’ Pluto TV, a place where people could watch old shows for free. In early 2020, Amazon moved IMDb TV’s content team under Amazon Studios with the goal of creating original content. When Amazon bagged the streaming rights for AMC’s Emmy-winning “Mad Men,” they put it on IMDb TV.