Sorry, Sarah Michelle Gellar Fans, ‘Cruel Intentions’ Is Likely Dead

It was a rather strange day when NBC announced they were adapting Cruel Intentions into a series. And not just a series or remake as seems to be the trend lately, but a full-on sequel to the 1999 film. The biggest draw for the network was , who starred in the original film alongside Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe.

The creative team behind the series was also responsible for the original film as well as the recent musical stage adaptation. It was during the latter’s opening night that Sarah Michelle Gellar reunited with her Cruel Intentions director and began to discuss the potential sequel series. Unfortunately, after so much time has passed, it appears now that the show may never see the light of day. Here’s a compilation of reasons as to why it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever get a chance to see the show on our TV screens.

Gellar Is Strictly A Family Woman Now

Gellar’s been . In that span of a decade and a half, they’ve given life to two of the most adorable children I have ever seen, Charlotte Grace (6) and Rocky James (3). She credits her family as the reason she stepped out of the spotlight. With them being so young, it’s understandable why she would feel the need to spend more time with them than in front of a camera lens. And it’s not like she needs the money—I don’t imagine those Buffy royalties have slowed down much in the last ten years. Plus, even though Gellar isn’t acting in front of the camera that much anymore doesn’t mean she’s not still working, with a healthy voice acting career to her name.

Gellar Is Also A Thriving Businesswoman

In October 2015, Gellar co-founded the company Foodstirs, an e-commerce startup endeavor that sells baking kits for children. She’s been rather public about her dedication to the new venture, appearing on several news programs, high-profile media functions, and red carpets to promote her post-Buffy brand. Being the face of the company doesn’t leave much time in Gellar’s schedule to keep the door open for a potential Cruel Intentions series order.

Busy Schedule For One Star In Particular

Taylor John Smith was cast early on for the pilot episode, as the son of deceased Sebastian Valmont and Annette Hargrove, the characters originally played by Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon. The young actor caught the attention of many Hollywood producers when he portrayed distraught teenager Luke on ABC’s anthology series American Crime. But since being cast in Cruel Intentions, the actor has lined up quite the extensive and busy schedule in a couple of promising upcoming projects. This leaves little time and room to film another TV series.

Running Out Of Hype

The initial reaction from fans when the series was announced was a mix of, “Oh, that’d be kind of cool,” “Why?” and “I’m not so sure about that.” But then NBC announced that Gellar was on board and people changed their attitudes to “I could get into this.” However, during NBC’s announcement of shows that had been picked up, Cruel Intentions was noticeably absent from the list. NBC, Sony, and a few of the show’s stars have attempted to assuage the fears of fans, but with nothing to prop their assertions up, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to believe the show truly has a shot at moving forward.

Maybe It Was A Bad Idea To Begin With

Cruel Intentions may have garnered a cult fan following since its 1999 release, but that doesn’t mean the film was perfect. If anything, it was far from it. The film scored a meager 49% on Rotten Tomatoes and even with its all-star cast, was deeply criticized for its bad script and equally bad acting. Were the film released today, I highly doubt it would generate the same financial success it saw in the late ’90s. In 1999, this spoke to the teenagers of the time, but in 2016, it wouldn’t have the same impact:

As for Gellar’s involvement, sure, it’s a cool notion, but not for all. Some see it as a last ditch effort by Gellar to make herself noticeable again. And while that probably isn’t true, it doesn’t mean it will keep people from talking about it. That sort of reputation, true or not, is not something any actor wants following them around for the rest of their careers.

What do you think? Is ‘Cruel Intentions’ best left alone? Or should the show be given a chance? Let me know in the comments section below!


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