Cruel Intentions will not be scheming at NBC after all. The network is no longer moving forward with the Sarah Michelle Gellar-starring reboot of the racy teen melodrama, EW has confirmed. Sony Pictures Television is now seeking a new home for the project.
Conceived as a sequel series taking place a decade and a half after the 1999 movie, the new Cruel Intentions had been in the works at NBC since last October, when the network ordered a pilot script with a penalty commitment.
The story finds Gellar’s character, the conniving Kathryn Merteuil, vying for control over both Valmont International and the soul of Bash Casey (Taylor John Smith), the son of her late stepbrother and a woman she wronged long ago. Gellar boarded the pilot earlier this year.
Although NBC did not pick up the revival to series in May, the network extended its deals with the cast in July, and in August NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke told reporters she was “determined to find a place to put it.”
The Cruel Intentions reboot is the brainchild of Roger Kumble, writer-director of the original film, and Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin, who created an unauthorized musical parody of the movie last year.