The series adaptation of the cult 1999 movie "Cruel Intentions" at Amazon has set its main cast.
The project regulars in the series are: Sarah Catherine Hook as Caroline, Zac Burgess as Lucien, Khobe Clarke as Scott, Brooke Lena Johnson as Beatrice, Sara Silva as CeCe, Sean Patrick Thomas as Professor Chadwick, John Harlan Kim as Blaise, and Myra Molloy as Annie.
Laura Benanti will appear in the recurring guest star role of Claudia, Caroline’s mother. Jon Tenney will appear in a recurring guest star role as a U.S. Congressman Russell.
The series, which has been in development at Amazon Freevee since 202, was picked up at Amazon in early April for eight episodes. It is scheduled to begin production this month in Toronto.
The TV adaptation is a long time coming for the 1999 cult classic. It was set at IMDB TV with Amazon Studios producing alongside Sony Pictures Television in 2021.
The updated take is inspired by the 1999 movie of the same name that was adopted from the novel “Dangerous Liaisons”.
It focuses on two ruthless step-siblings who will do whatever is necessary to preserve their power and reputations after a brutal hazing incident threatens the entire Greek life hierarchy at an elite Washington, D.C. college. After a brutal hazing incident threatens the entire Panhellenic system, they’ll do anything to preserve their power and reputations, even attempt to seduce the daughter of the Vice President of the United States.
In 2016, NBC had attempted to develop a follow-up to the movie with one of the movie's original stars, Sarah Michelle Gellar, reprising her role as Kathryn Merteuil. It was ultimately not picked up.
Prior to that, Fox attempted to create a prequel series that was canceled before its debut, however, three episodes were developed into the direct-to-video movie “Cruel Intentions 2" in 2001. Another direct-to-video sequel, “Cruel Intentions 3,” was released in 2004.
The new version will be written and executive produced by Phoebe Fisher with Sara Goodman.
Neal H. Moritz of Original Film, who produced the 1999 movie, is executive producing alongside Pavun Shetty.
Exec producers also include Andrea Iervolino and Monica Bacardi of Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment and Bruce Mellon.