The era of classic franchise reboots is set to continue with Sony becoming the latest studio looking to inject new life into one of its properties. Taking inspiration from the recent success of Halloween and Scream, the studio is in the process of developing a brand new I Know What You Did Last Summer sequel for the big screen.
The news comes via Deadline, who reports that Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Do Revenge) has already been tapped to direct the sequel and that talks to bring back Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prince Jr are underway. According to insiders, the project is in early development and has brought Leah McKendrick on board to pen the script.
Robinson is best known for directing Netflix’s Do Revenge and serving as a writer for Marvel’s Thor Love and Thunder.
Deadline also reports that the idea for a revival came from both Robinson and McKendrick who blew away studio executives with their pitch for the film last fall. Robinson’s recent success with Do Revenge – which received praise and comparison to late 90s films like Cruel Intentions – is also reported to be a huge factor in the studio moving forward with a sequel.
Bringing back legacy characters whilst injecting fresh blood into the series is something the Scream franchise has used too much success, and it looks like Sony will adopt a similar approach here, looking to deliver a “passing of the torch” sequel, rather than a straight-up reboot.
Both Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prince Jr starred in the 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer as well as the sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. In the original release, four young friends bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.
Amazon recently released a TV series of the same name which looked to reinvent the franchise for a new generation, but it was canceled after just one season. Despite that failure, studios are said to be optimistic about a new big-screen entry, especially given the recent success of the Scream franchise.
Stay tuned for more updates once we learn them.