Cruel Intentions was a 1999 film about a wealthy cocaine-abusing teen (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) who sexually manipulated her wealthy playboy step-brother (played by Ryan Phillippe) into sexually manipulating a wealthy virgin (played by Reese Witherspoon), with disaster and a tragic death taking place after the latter two eventually fell in love for real. If any of you read that and thought, “Hmm, I smell a network television revival series,” then there is excellent news for you today: NBC is developing a Cruel Intentions revival series.
The present-day Cruel Intentions reboot will center around the 16-year-old son of the late Sebastian Valmont (played by Phillippe in the film) and Annette Hargrove (played by Witherspoon), named Bash Casey. Upon finding his late father’s journal, Bash learns of the family legacy he didn’t know existed. In search of answers, he trades his small-town Kansas upbringing for a scholarship to the prestigious Brighton Preparatory Academy in San Francisco and soon finds himself in a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.
Oh God. Oh my God. His name is Bash Casey. His name is Bash Casey. The Cruel Intentions revival series is about a teen named Bash Casey who is leaving Kansas for “a world of sex, money, power and corruption” in modern-day San Francisco. Oh my God. I can’t decide if this is the worst or best idea I’ve ever heard, but I know it’s one or the other. Or maybe both. I mean, Bash Casey!