The popular 90s suspense film I Know What You Did Last Summer raked in millions with the teen crowd in 1997. The film, starring Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Freddie Prinze Jr., made $125 million worldwide on a $17 million budget. Now Sony is looking to recapture that gold with a reboot.
The film along with The Faculty, Final Destination and Scream ushered in the 90s teen slasher genre, which catapulted its stars into popularity.
Now that the millennium is obsessed with remaking everything alive from 21 Jump Street to The Omen, Sony is trying their hand at I Know What You Did Last Summer.
According to Deadline, Oculus co-writer Mike Flanagan is writing the film with his writing partner Jeff Howard. The film will be based on the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan, which is the same book from which the original was adapted.
These days, the slasher genre isn’t that popular among teens, and Scream 4 proved this fact by bombing hard at the box office a few years ago. For those not familiar with I Know What You Did Last Summer, the plot revolved around a tight group of friends who were stalked and then killed off one by one after trying to cover up a fatal hit and run.
A sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Brandy, and Mekhi Phifer.
While no one from the immediate cast has reacted to the news, we’re almost positive that author Lois Duncan is still not thrilled this movie actually exists, and that another is being made. In a 1997 feature by The Baltimore Sun, Duncan didn’t mince any words about why she hated I Know What You Did Last Summer.
“It’s not just like I’m real picky. This [film] simply made statements that were upsetting to me, by trivializing violence and making murder seem like a game, which was not true to the spirit of my book.”
That said many fans of the movies had a whole gamut of reactions to the news of the reboot.
@mashable BOOOOOOOOOOO!! As a girl who grew up & still knows every word to this movie I’m already giving this a thumbs down :(
— Sinister Kid (@idek_linz) September 16, 2014
@TVGuide Yes, because we just can’t get enough of the killer raincoat guy. That being said, I’m all for seeing JLH’s boobs again.
— Joseph Flynn (@FlynnMacCool) September 16, 2014
@TheInSneider Well, the film’s NOTHING like the book, so if it’s gonna b a proper adaptation of the book it’ll b something new.
— Anthony Medina (@anthonycmedina) September 15, 2014
What’s more disturbing, that there is going to be a reboot of I Know What You Did Last Summer or that original is almost 20 years old?
— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) September 15, 2014
There’s no word on whether the production will be looking to cast unknowns or if they’re going to reach out to well-known talents.
[Image via Columbia Pictures]