Eric J. Cullen
'I Know What You Did Last Summer' Sequel Gets Green Light From Sony
I Know What You Did Last Summer - the film series that has laid dormant since 1998 - is getting another sequel, a legacy sequel, this time from Sony Pictures, and the film's original producer, Neal H. Moritz.
Deadline's Justin Kroll gets the scoop on the emerging details, along with the exciting announcement that the sequel has found its director in Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. Leah McKendrick is attached to write the sequel that will most likely feature a new cast of characters, similar to what was seen in 2022's Scream. No word yet if the stars from the two previous entries will return but it appears Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr., are at least in talks to reprise their roles.
Hewitt and Prinze Jr. starred in the original film, which hit theaters in 1997 and was an instant hit with a $15 million opening weekend. The movie, which also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe, followed a group of high school graduates in a small coastal town, who accidentally hit and kill a man while recklessly driving along a long, dark road. They decide to cover up the accident by dumping the body in the water, later going their own ways in life. A year later, the group reunites, and they begin to receive threatening messages, revealing much to the group's horror that someone else knows what they did and is determined to get revenge.
This wouldn't be the first time that Sony Pictures has tried to get an I Know What You Did Last Summer project off the ground. In 2014, Sony Pictures had plans to remake the film with Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard attached to write the film. Starting fresh, the remake was doing away with both the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan and the 1997 film, but plans fell through, and nothing was seen from I Know What You Did Last Summer until an Amazon series based on the novel was made and quickly cancelled within a year.
The legacy sequel to I Know What You Did Last Summer was an idea first pitched by both Robinson and McKendrick, Sony quick to get things moving after Scream's success with passing the torch to a new cast. No word yet on when filming will occur, but fans can rest a little easier knowing that more, I Know What You Did Last Summer is on the way.