Starred in 1999, Sarah Michelle Gellar is all set to own the Cruel Intentions TV show set to premiere very soon. With a time gap of 15 years between the two, the actress was excited to announce her return on Instagram.
The director of the movie, Roger Kumble has co-written the pilot of the series.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar has been fairly selective about the projects she’s joined since Joss Whedon’s wildly popular series ended its seven-season run in 2003, but her next role will see her returning to another, familiar character from her past.
Geller announced this week that she’ll reprise her role from the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions for an upcoming television series based on the film. The original movie, which starred Gellar, Ryan Phillipe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair, cast the Buffy actress as a scheming prep school student who uses charm and seduction to manipulate the people around her.
The news of Gellar’s involvement came from the actress herself, who posted an image on Instagram featuring a photo of herself with Cruel Intentions director Roger Kumble and executive producer Neal Moritz during production of the original movie, juxtaposed with a recent photo of all three together again.
“That’s right ‘everybody loves me, and I intend to keep it that way’ #kathrynmerteuil is back!!! I am happy to say that I will be joining them (and @nbctv ) on the new #Crueltv,” wrote Gellar in the caption for the photo.
According to Deadline, the Cruel Intentions television series will be set 15 years after the events of the 1999 movie, and will pick up with Kathryn Merteuil (Gellar) vying for control of her wealthy family’s company. American Crime actor Taylor John Smith will play Bash Casey, the son of Kathryn’s late stepbrother, Sebastian Valmont (Phillippe), and Annette Hargrove (Witherspoon).
The series will reportedly follow Kathryn as she continues to manipulate her way to power, as well as Bash’s introduction to the world of sex, money, and power that his father was immersed in prior to meeting his mother and the events of the original movie.
Kumble, who wrote and directed the 1999 movie and its direct-to-video 2000 prequel, Cruel Intentions 2, co-wrote the pilot for the series and will direct it. He penned the script for the pilot with Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, the writers responsible for the stage show Cruel Intentions: The Unauthorized Musical Parody.
There’s no word on when the Cruel Intentions television series will premiere on NBC at this point.
Sarah Michelle Gellar will be up to her old tricks again: The actress is set to reprise her role as the conniving Kathryn Merteuil in NBC’s pilot for Cruel Intentions, the TV sequel to the guilty-pleasure teen melodrama that graced the big screen in 1999.
Picking up a decade and a half after the film left off, the new Cruel Intentions finds Kathryn trying to establish dominion over both Valmont International and Bash Casey (Taylor John Smith), the son of her late stepbrother and a woman she wronged long ago.
Gellar will remain a series regular should the pilot get picked up. Roger Kumble, who wrote and directed the original Cruel Intentions, is helming the pilot.
Gellar celebrated the news on Instagram, posting a then-and-now photo and adding a quintessential Kathryn quote from the movie: “Everybody loves me, and I intend to keep it that way.”
Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a.k.a Sarah Michelle Gellar, Launched Celebrity Food Startup Foodstirs
Sarah Michelle Gellar launched Foodstirs, a baking box subscription service, in late 2015. But celebrity startups fail as often as they win, so how can she make sure she becomes another Jessica Alba?
The Buffy The Vampire Slayer finale aired 13 years ago, but its star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, remains beloved to every millennial who came of age during her high-kicking stake-wielding antics.
Gellar is known for her talent, smarts, and sassy comebacks; abilities which are equally relevant to the entrepreneurial world. Now she’s hoping her fans will fall in love with her cooking with the launch of Foodstirs, a bake-from-the-box subscription startup she launched in October 2015.
Over the last decade a number of red carpet names have made overtures into the business world, from designing clothing lines like Jessica Simpson, to slapping their logo on every pair of headphones they can find (Dr Dre., obvi). Recent celebrity businesses cover cannabis (Snoop Dogg’s line of vaporizers), vodka (Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl), and makeup (Drew Barrymore’s Flower line).
But for every successful celebrity business lies a graveyard of failed attempts, where celebs discover that simply slapping their face onto a box of chicken (Flavor Flav, you know who you are) isn’t enough to create loyal and engaged customers who come back for more.
Sarah Michelle Gellar’s brand recognition should get some customers signing up, but she needs to offer a good return on investment if they’ll continue to buy into her baking products. And what does she know about building a brand?