Following the successful relaunch of the Scream franchise, Sony Pictures is looking to blow new life in to its own slasher franchise as sources tell Deadline that Jennifer Kaytin Robinson has been tapped to direct a I Know What You Did Last Summer sequel with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. in talks to reprise their roles. Insiders say the project is still early development and that Neal H. Moritz is in talks to return as producer with Leah McKendrick on board to write the script.
The the original film followed four young friends bound by a tragic accident who are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town. The original was hit and not only led to a sequel but launched the careers of Hewitt, Prinze, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe. As for this film, plot details for this latest installment are still unknown.
While McKendrick is penning the script, the idea for the new film came from Robinson and McKendrick, who blew studio execs away when they pitched this idea for a sequel last fall especially given the recent success of the Scream franchise. That film was recently relaunched with original cast members returning and the idea of bringing back original cast members to draw in old school fans of the franchise while also adding fresh faces to relaunch the series was too good for the studio to pass up on. Another big factor was the recent success of Robinson’s Netflix pic Do Revenge, which was lauded for its throwbacks to late 90 pics like Cruel Intentions and was something execs knew Robinson could tap in to when developing the story.
The studio also reportedly saw it important to not reboot the franchise but do a sort of “passing of the torch” type of sequel where original cast members are brought back while a new generation cast members are added to the ensemble, similar to films like Creed or another 90s horror classic Scream. Once the idea was pitched by Robinson and McKendrick, the next step was getting Hewitt and Prinze back on board, which the two were game for after hearing the pitch.
For Robinson, Do Revenge was her most recent directing outing and her earned her instant high marks for a first time film maker. Prior to that, she was a writer for Marvel’s Love and Thunder and was a consulting producer on Hawkeye.
A recent TV series based on the film was cancelled at amazon after only one season.
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