NBC Adds 'Cruel Intentions' Series To Their List of Cruelly Misguided Intentions

October 21, 2015

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Despite having a Problem Child series, a multi-camera Uncle Buck sitcom, a small-screen take on Marley & Me, Frequency: The Series, A Few Good Men... Live!, a Taken prequel series that doesn't make sense, and an In the Line of Fire pilot in the works, NBC has started development on yet another woefully ill-advised film-to-television adaptation.

This time, it's a TV take on Cruel Intentions, the 1999 adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses that saw then-rising stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair as terrible, plotting, rich New York City high schoolers. This version will needlessly be framed as a sequel to the original (which already has two largely unrelated sequels, by the way), centering on the 16-year-old son of Phillippe's late Sebastian Valmont and Witherspoon's Annette Hargrove. In case you don't find him inherently intolerable, his name will be "Bash Casey."

Cruel Intentions writer-director Roger Kumble--who since has directed such truly insufferable films as The Sweetest Thing, Just Friends, and Furry Vengeance--has already co-written a script and will direct the pilot. That is, unless someone can hastily invent a deus ex machina wherein he ends up inexplicably getting killed by a cab before then...

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