Director Named For ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ Amazon TV Adaptation

by Thomas Tuna

Amazon Studios is bringing a touch of summertime to ease winter’s chill by tapping a director for the pilot episode of its I Know What You Did Last Summer TV series.

Craig William Macneill–who brings an impressive horror-tinged resume to the table–has signed on to direct and act as executive producer for the pilot of what is expected to become a continuing series on Amazon Prime Video, as reported by Variety. The TV adaptation of the popular 1997 slasher film was announced back in October here in Horror News Network.

Macneill’s genre bona fides include helming and co-writing The Boy (2015) and directing the thriller Lizzie (2018). His TV credits include directing recent episodes of NOS4R2Castle RockMonsterland and The Twilight Zone reboot with Jordan Peele.

The Amazon adaptation–based on the original film that drew its inspiration from the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan–will be “a modern take on the hit 1997 horror film,” according to the official synopsis. “In a town full of secrets, a group of teenagers is stalked by a mysterious killer a year after a fatal accident on their graduation night.”

The pilot episode–from producer James Wan, Sony Pictures Television and Original Film–is written by executive producer Sara Goodman. Amazon Studios chief operating officer Albert Cheng said the show is “an update on the iconic slasher movie. Our customers will love the modern take on this fan-favorite film.”

That original film–directed by Jim Gillespie from a screenplay by Scream scripter Kevin Williamson–starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. The familiar storyline follows four young friends as they are being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac after they have covered up a fatal car accident. Despite mixed reviews, the movie cleaned up at the box office to the tune of $125 million worldwide on a $17-million budget.

With casting choices and a debut date still to be set, keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the TV version of I Know What You Did Last Summer on Amazon.

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