Exclusive: After its successful relaunch scream franchise, Sony Pictures is looking to breathe new life into its own slasher franchise as sources tell Deadline that Jennifer Kiten Robinson has been tapped to direct. I know what you did last summer The sequel is in talks with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prince Jr. to reprise their roles. Neil H. Moritz is in talks to return as a producer with Leah McKendrick on board to write the script.
Sony had no comment on the project.
The original film follows four young friends struck by a tragic accident who are reunited when they find they are trapped in their small seaside town by a hook-wielding maniac. The original was a hit and not only led to a sequel but launched the careers of Hewitt, Prinze, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe. As for this film, the plot details of this latest installment are still unknown.
While McKendrick is writing the film, the idea for the new film came from Robinson and McKendrick, who blew off studio executives when they pitched the idea for a sequel last fall, especially given the recent success. scream The film franchise was recently relaunched with the original cast members returning and the idea of bringing back the original cast members to draw in old school fans of the franchise as well as adding new faces to relaunch the series was too good for the studio to pass up. Another big reason was the recent success of Robinson’s Netflix film take revenge Which of late was appreciated for 90 photo likes cruel intention And it was something Robinson knew he could tap into when crafting the story.
The studio saw it as important not to reboot the franchise but create a sort of “passing of the torch” type of sequel where the original cast members are brought back and a new generation of cast members are added to the team, just like in the film. religion Or other 90s horror classics scream Once the idea was pitched by Robinson and McKendrick, the next step was to bring Hewitt and Prinz back on board, the two were game after hearing the pitch.
For Robinson, take revenge It was his most recent directorial venture and earned him instant high marks for a first-time filmmaker. Before that, he was a writer for Marvel Love and lightning And was a consulting producer Hockey.
Outside of the Marvel universe, he also wrote pregnant His critically acclaimed directorial debut was for HBO Max and for Netflix. No one is great. He is repped by CAA and Gotham Group.
McKendrick wrote, produced and co-starred in the vigilante thriller MFA alongside Francesca Eastwood which premiered at SXSW and was dubbed “the first horror movie to speak to the #MeToo era” by The New York Times. Leah’s romcom feature Voicemail for Isabel He was prompted by Sony Pictures and blacklisted in 2019. He is repped by UTA, Kaplan Perrone and VanderKloot Law.
Love Hewitt and Prince Jr. are replaced by Gersh. Love Hewitt is repped by Vault Entertainment and Prince Jr. by Brillstein Entertainment.