A “summer” slasher franchise is getting its bloody act together and taking it to the small screen.
I Know What You Did Last Summer–the 1997 cult horror flick with the stellar cast of young actors–is being rebooted as a television series for Amazon Prime Video, according to Deadline. No production or casting details are known at this early stage, but more information should be on the way soon.
A feature film remake of the original from Columbia Pictures was in the pipeline in 2014–with acclaimed horror filmmaker Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Doctor Sleep, The Haunting of Hill House) reportedly at the helm–but it looks like television won out in this instance.
The show’s pilot episode–from producer James Wan, Sony Pictures Television and Original Film–will be written by executive producer Sara Goodman (Preacher, Gossip Girl) and will be based on the first film and the 1973 Lois Duncan novel that spawned the franchise.
Amazon Studios chief operating officer Albert Cheng expressed his enthusiasm for the project in a statement. “This series is a perfectly twisted update on the iconic slasher movie,” he said. “Our customers will love the modern take on the fan-favorite film.”
Jason Clodfelter, co-president of Sony Pictures Television Studios, added that Original Film’s development “consistently fires on all cylinders, and that is proven once again with Sara Goodman’s contemporary and pulsating character-weaving suspense thriller.”
The original I Know What You Did Last Summer–directed by Jim Gillespie and written by Kevin Williamson (who penned the screenplay for Scream the year before)–starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. The story–as all fans know–follows four young friends who are stalked by a hook-wielding killer one year after they covered up a car accident that took a man’s life. The movie got mixed reviews, but did big box office business, grossing $125 million worldwide on a $17-million budget.
With no debut date for the TV version of I Know What You Did Last Summer in place yet, keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on this reboot.