In the wake of Wes Craven’s Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer was directed byJim Gillespie and written by Scream’s Kevin Williamson, and was released in 1997. It starred some of the nineties hottest teens, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillipe and Freddie Prinze Jnr, and also had a brilliant cameo by Anne Heche. The film achieved a pretty decent box office haul of $125.5 million, and spawned two sequels, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and the really poor I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer.
Now Sony Pictures are not looking to make another sequel, but instead want to reboot the franchise, and it pains me to say it, but here is the second remake of sorts which has me excited tonight.
Well, Oculus and Absentia writer and director Mike Flanagan has been hired to both write and produce the reboot, and this is very exciting news considering his output of horror thus far. It has not been confirmed if he will be directing.
This one is being written by Oculus c0-writer/director Mike Flanagan and partner Jeff Howard who are adapting the 1973 Lois Duncan book again. Producing is Neal Moritz (Fast and Furious franchise) who also produced the original 17 years ago. If the budget is kept tight for the revamp of the popular horror movie about friends being stalked by a killer after conspiring to cover up a fatal car accident, it could be a very profitable venture for the studio.
Synopsis for the original film:
Adaptation of Lois Duncan’s thriller about four teenagers trying to cover up a hit-and-run. Love Hewitt plays Julie, a high school senior who goes trip with her friends and accidently hits a fisherman. They think he is dead and dump him into the waters. But later they get a strange letter that says “I know what you did last summer.”