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What’s Going On With the ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ Remake?

With ’90s slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer turning 20 years old this coming October (how crazy is that?!), we can’t help but wonder what’s going on with the remake/re-adaptation of Lois Duncan’s novel that we first heard about a few years ago.

We learned back in 2014 that Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil duo Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard were writing the script, but all has been quiet on that front for a while now.

So we reached out to Flanagan for an update today. We don’t have much to share, but we can at least note that Flanagan and Howard are incredibly happy with their script.

I don’t have any updates on [I Know What You Did Last Summer]. I haven’t heard anything in quite a while,” Flanagan told us. “Our involvement ended at the script stage, which we delivered and were happy with, but I’m not sure what’s happening now.”

Flangan continued, “I was never attached to direct – Jeff and I were only responsible for the script. It’s a great property and it is in terrific hands with [producer] Neal Moritz, so I really hope it gets made.

Last we heard, Flanagan and Howard had come up with a new take on all of the source materials, penning a tale quite a bit different than the one found in the 1997 film that took place after a nasty accident, four friends begin to drift apart. One year later Julie James gets an anonymous message and then a slicker wearing, hook-wielding killer begins to rip apart her life.

We’ll update you as we learn more.



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  • Chris Vander Kaay

    I’m honestly surprised someone hasn’t tried to sell the TV rights to I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER to Freeform in an attempt to become the next Pretty Little Liars. Seems like a no-brainer to make this a continuing series, but I guess we shall see.

    • Matt Callahan

      I feel you on this but I also kind of view it as a disrespectful, gross idea if they ended up moving forward in that direction. Lois Duncan just died…it would be incredibly frustrating to further the slasher framework of the 1st movie knowing that Duncan was vehemently disappointed with the outcome of what the movie ended up delivering. She really hated the movie and thought killing Elsa was pointless and that the killing of Helen was equally as anti-feminist because Helen’s character transformation over the course of the story-line is progressive. A show based on the 1st movie would be really putrid….especially if it hired 21-year old MTV tweens who can’t act and if it omitted the dual-identity plot twist in the book.

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  • drew

    Maybe they can call it “I Don’t Care What You Did Last Summer”

    • Necro

      HaHa!

  • J Jett

    i severely doubt this remake (if it ever happens) could ever top Helen’s amazing chase scene. no way. won’t happen. IMO it’s the best chase scene ever.

    • Helen was a style icon. I don’t care what anyone says, I love that movie.

      • Matt Callahan

        She did nearly 85% of the chase scene in heels. She’s a style icon for sure.

    • Matt Callahan

      They’ll never top the scene from the 1997 feature film, it’s so iconic and has such great sequencing and anatomy. You really root for Helen. Since the characters from the book and film will not be in the remake, they should give a referential nod to the scene by having the Helen archetype character (whoever the character ends up being) get involved in a chase that ensues during the reveal sequence. Helen is after all the character that puts it all together in the novel, not Julie. They also need to nail the casting for this character. Maika Monroe FTW.

      • Galaxy_Scribe

        I was with you until your last line. Maika is a generic pretty blonde with no charisma or spark.

        • Matt Callahan

          Meh, but she’s a better actor than Ashley Benson. The Selena Gomez and Nina Dobrev or Victoria Justice (cringe) being considered for Julie James are rumors because Julie’s not even in the re-make; but something is telling me Flanagan will have similar characters based on the 4 archetypes of the source material: the rich jock with a temper, the beauty queen, the social outcast/loner, the A-student nerdy good girl. Or at least, I hope we look at these new characters and see Helen, Barry, Julie, and Ray there in spirit.

          I’d like to see Nicola Peltz, Max Thierot, Troian Bellisario, and not sure about the Ray-fill in. They should make it a dark, serious film and on board people who can actually act and do the actors from the 1997 film justice.

          • Galaxy_Scribe

            Nicola Peltz? Please be joking. I like Troian and Max but dear god, Nicola is a pretty pile of bland.

          • Matt Callahan

            well, have any better casting suggestions?>

    • Matt Callahan

      I also think that Sony is having money troubles and Neal H. Moritz, even if it gets greenlit, won’t have the schedule to do it until 2018 or 2019. Such a shame….3 years later and nothing but Flanagan treating to beat off annoying Twitter fans asking the same damn questions.

  • Necro

    Another one with a cool premise IMO is Jamie Blanks’ ‘Urban Legend’, now the movie was ok but like I said I think the premise is cool. I am a little surprised that both of these weren’t squeezed out of the remake machine by now.

    • Buk Lau

      Rebecca Gayheart was so good in the first Urban Legend. DING, DING, DING, DING, DING!

      • Necro

        I found that to be so awesome that a woman was the killer! And you are so right she was fantastic in that. The first time I saw it I found her to be scary when she revealed herself. I don’t know if it was because I was so used to seeing a male killer or what, but she was good!

        • Buk Lau

          She was over the top but she was great. She really sank her teeth in and made that role hers. Her performance was on par with Fairuza in The Craft.

        • J Jett

          i actually thought Tara Reid did a great job in URBAN LEGEND too!

      • Galaxy_Scribe

        I love that ding ding ding ding ding

  • LOX TO THE DEATH

    They really have run out of titles and ideas to remake this

    • Buk Lau

      Have you read the book?

      • LOX TO THE DEATH

        No I didn’t know it was based off one.Why is it really that much better

        • Buk Lau

          It says in the first paragraph it was based off of Lois Duncan’s novel. The remake is supposed to be a re-adaptation that is going to stick to the novel closer than 90s film. The novel and film really only have character names and the premise of teenagers hit someone, decide to be irresponsible, and there are consequences in common. The novel was a mystery thriller more than teen slasher and it would be cool to see it get that treatment.

          • LOX TO THE DEATH

            i was never a fan of the movies it came off as a quick script studio reaction to Scream.The Novel treatment sounds a lot more promising that could be good.Thanks for the info/backstory to it

          • Boydon

            obviously it was green lit immediately after scream’s success. that’s how hollywood machinery works but IKWYDLS was written before scream so it’s not exactly a knock off.

          • Evan3

            Meh, I feel “sticking closer to the novel” is always just marketing speech for justifying a remake/reboot/spinoff

          • Buk Lau

            It has been and can be. Carrie was a pretty bad offender. I’m just hoping they’ll do this one right.

          • Matt Callahan

            It doesn’t matter. Flanagan and Howard have said repeatedly in multiple podcast interviews that there are no characters or constructions/plot devices being carried over from the any of the source material (book, novel) beyond the following: group of friends, gruesome accident, cover up, and a stalker who pursues the group of friends 1 summer later. No fisherman/Ben Willis and no Collingsworth Wilson dual identity character. No Barry, Helen, Julie, Ray or Elsa. It’s a completely new concept and more of a psych thriller/horror as opposed to slasher.

          • Boydon

            please, the novel was a dud aimed at YA. no one even dies in it.

          • Matt Callahan

            Yes but the reveal that the antagonist was a dual identity that infiltrated the group and systematically turned themselves on each other was rad. The chase scene at the reveal moment is good too with Helen. They need Maika Monroe for that role.

          • Buk Lau

            Yeah I was a YA when I read it and I liked it. It’s a fun, easy read that anyone could polish off in an afternoon. Lois Duncan has a lot of good YA books that I read right along with other teen horror back then. That doesn’t mean it can’t be pulled off well as a suspenseful movie. Do you need someone to die in every horror movie you watch to like it?

          • Boydon

            no, i don’t need to see someone die in every horror movie. my point was to illustrate that the original source material was not horror in any way, shape or form. i wouldn’t even call it suspenful. it’s aimed at very young audience, so if they intend to stay close to it, they can keep it. end of.

          • Buk Lau

            I didn’t say it was horror. I said it was suspenseful and a thriller. Just because it was for a YA audience doesn’t mean it can’t be adapted and made even more suspenseful.

          • Boydon

            i didn’t say you said it was horror but this is a discussion about a remake of a horror movie, as implied in the title. i personally want to see a new take on the movie, you want a close adaption of a YA novel. our differences about this start and end there. it’s really not that serious.

          • Buk Lau

            It’s not a straight remake as spelled out in the first paragraph. I just suggested a way it could be done that I’d like to see. I don’t care how they do it, I’ll still watch. It wasn’t even “getting serious” so maybe you should chill. Not everybody on the internet is a baiting fight-thirsty idiot who needs it their way or bust.

          • Boydon

            well you certainly came off as one. and i’m perfectly “chill”, thanks.

            it’s still treated as a remake of the movie and at this point no one, including BG, knows exactly what the new script entails. these are all pure speculations. i simply negated your opinion about the novel and that it’d be a total waste if they didn’t revisit the characters kevin williamson adapted. the fisherman is iconic, so to have a new movie without him would be like remaking F13 without Jason (which I hear might actually happen).

          • Buk Lau

            They’re billing it as a remake re-adaptation for now so it could go either way, or both. It’s still early for now. It’s not really a waste, is it? The characters are still there, they’ve got more personality in the books to draw from. Especially Elsa, who comes off as a bully older sibling in the movie with no real development. The Fisherman is iconic but I think it limited them when it came to the sequel and killed the franchise until that I’ll Always Know VOD thing happened. They could still adapt him for the film though.

          • Matt Callahan

            Actually no; there’s no character cross-over from what has come before. No Barry/Helen/Ray/Barry. Flanagan leaked this detail last June to the Shockwaves podcast.

          • Buk Lau

            Thanks, I’ll have to look for the podcast.

          • Matt Callahan

            None of the characters in the book or movie or any of the source material will be in the reboot.

          • Buk Lau

            So it’s not a re-adaptation like they’re calling it here? Hopes dashed, but still interested anyway.

          • Boydon

            the original characters don’t have to make an appearance in the new movie for it to be constituted as a remake or a reimagining of sort. sorority row is a perfect example of this, where the basic idea of the original plot was taken and inserted into a new circumstance.

          • Matt Callahan

            No! Really? Wow. Thanks. Light dawns on marble head.

          • Boydon

            doing the most. you can stop now.

          • Matt Callahan

            Get some help, Boydon. Really.

          • Matt Callahan

            It’s not speculation that the 4 characters from the movie and book are NOT in the film because Flanagan and Howard have said this repeatedly to numerous podcasts and news outlets. It’s a whole new take – which I have no admit is kind of disappointing.

          • Boydon

            a reimagining of the original without the original characters can still be considered a remake/reboot. take a look at sorority row.

          • Matt Callahan

            Thanks. I don’t think I could have came to that conclusion on my own.

          • Boydon

            lol obviously not since you’re all over this thread educating people on supposed rules of adaptions so you’re perfectly welcome.

          • Matt Callahan

            Oh, Christ. You’re such a goddamn troll (I avert everybody’s attention
            to the above-mentioned fight you haphazardly started with Buk Lau in the
            middle of this thread). I wasn’t educating anybody anything – I wasn’t
            come off as prescriptive or saying that the operational definition of a
            remake/reboot should follow X,Y,Z terms AT ALL. I was just merely
            giving my opinion. So stop the emotional unintelligence, the rants, the trolling, and the selective reading of other people’s posts so that you can be RIGHT. You fool.

          • Boydon

            lol selective reading? you were replying to my posts and ‘merely’ inserting your expert opinion on everything, even going as far as giving a run down of a silly novel, having assumed that i didn’t know what i was talking about (i read the fucking thing in the 4th grade tyvm). check your fucking knee jerk reactions at the gateway, FOOL.

          • Matt Callahan

            The crude presupposition that my opinion is ‘expert’ yes, thank you, validates your selective reading and makes you look really insecure. What a nasty piece of work; so afraid to be INCORRECT and so fast to attack others, leveraging one of the most basis-less arguments I’ve ever seen. (“I read the book thank you very much” <— LOL, you want a medal?) Trolling horror movie re-contexualization articles to start online arguments makes you look really limited and REALLY personality disordered and angry. Get some therapy.

          • Matt Callahan

            The antagonist (Collingsworth Wilson and “Bud”); the dual identity character in the book did have every intention of killing them. He shot Barry to kill him but severed his spine instead. He had every intention to kill Helen but she was too fast (there’s a chase scene in the book with a window jump similar to the chase sequence in the movie), and after Helen gets away, he had every intention to kill Julie…he tries strangling her right before he’s intercepted by Ray and the cops that Helen sent (after she got away) to rescue Julie. He was just a bad killer/stalker…but it’s creepy as all hell when he reveals himself (kind of) to Helen and Helen puts 2 and 2 together that he’s 2 people and was related to the boy they hit, and tried by stalking them and gas-lighting them, to systematically turn each other on themselves. Cool plan….poor execution as opposed to dawning a fisherman’s slicker and eliminating them one by one with a hook.

          • Boydon

            i read the book, no need for a re-cap, thank you. my point still stands, it was a cop out of a thriller clearly aimed at young readers, which is why all protagonists lived to see the day.

          • Chad Langen

            I hated the novel. That probably isn’t fair to say since I saw the movie first, but whatever. There are a couple of novels that should definitely get the big screen adaptation. One is called “Monster” by Christopher Pike. Honestly, I can’t for the life of me figure out why this hasn’t been made a movie. It’d be perfect and it’s got a great plot. Check it out if you haven’t. Another is a book that was released under R.L. Stine’s “Fear Street” series. I can’t for the life of me remember what it was called, but the end had a great twist. Both were far more interesting then “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

          • Buk Lau

            There were so many good books in the Fear Street series. Especially the Super Chillers. I read those books so many times. I didn’t read as much Christopher Pike aside from the Remember Me series but I’ll take the recommendation and go finding that title. Thanks.

  • Maxine Mesmer

    And Ryan Phillipe looks even hotter as a dad!

  • John Connor

    A Lifetime Original Movie

  • Hash-Slinging Slasher

    I love it when I click on an article for a non-answer to a question that no one was asking. Made my day. Cheers!

  • marklola12 .

    well if it was remade it would but just as tame or worse than the original, it was so tame compared to scream it was pretty dull for the most part

  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    As long as they leave out the cheesy “no one gets me the way you do” “I understand your pain” lines at the end then I’d say we are off to a good start

    • Matt Callahan

      Amen! That re-write always annoyed me. They should have stuck to what Ray says to Julie at the end of book, which was that the killer was almost successful in destroying him because he knew Ray couldn’t live in a world that Julie didn’t.

      • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

        That def would have been better. Instead they went with the equivalent of emo lyrics

        • Matt Callahan

          If I had a time machine; I would seriously sit down circa 1996 with Kevin Williamson and have him re-evaluate the entire project, especially how lame Ray sounded with that speech to Julie. The killer/stalker in the book’s attack on Ray was much more psychological, which I find 1,000 times more interesting than trying to impale somebody with a fish hook. The Julie and Ray relationship is also really messed up and strained in the book than the movie; it’s more serious and dark; so the Ray in the book would never had laid down that weird 1-liner at the end of the movie when they defeat the fisherman on the boat. FPJ is also a really wooden actor…so the delivery was lame. In the remake, they need people with life-blood in their veins that can ACT. For the Ray facsimile, they need somebody that can sell the character as the kind of disturbed, heart-broken outcast that he is; somebody really affected psychologically by being alone and isolated. Not some tweeny good looking guy that MTV wants to use to sell to us while he tries to defeat the Gorton’s Fisherman with his best buds played by Victoria Justice, Ashley Benson, and Chris Zylka. Ughhh; I really hope they don’t sell out.

  • Simon Allen

    The original was the coolest of the new wave of slashers that Scream set off.
    Amazing cast and slick direction but I don’t really know how they can make a new one different.
    Wasn’t Breck Eisner attached to direct at some point ?

    • Matt Callahan

      Eisner’s potential involvement was a rumor started in 2014 when it went public that Flanagan was tied to project/in talks to develop the script. Flanagan and Neal H. Mortiz’s involvement wasn’t a rumor and then Flanagan and Jeff Howard delivered the script to SONY after a couple of re-writes in 2015. Nothing on directorship yet….except rumors and conjecture on who should be. For cast, I have no clue who they should bring in and it’s hard to assess that because Helen, Barry, Julie, and Ray (the 4 primary antagonists) are NOT in Flanagan’s script.

      • Simon Allen

        Thanks for that Matt ….personally i’m glad he’s not involved as i’m not a fan.

  • DarkBree

    IKWYDLS is one of my favorite horror movies. I wanna see a reboot, but I hope they make it right.

  • Matt Callahan

    I think it’s overall a bad sign when there’s articles developed addressing the status of a movie that has been at the script stage for over (literally OVER) 3 years and the co-writers of the script refuse to answer/don’t even know where things stand at SONY. They need to mine this for development ASAP or just forget about it already. It’s been too long. Removing the iconic plot and characters from the source material is enough of an offense….to draw this out any longer and not deliver is just pointless.

  • Thank goodness people are still wondering what’s going on with this – here’s hoping that interest translates to the producers etc. Tbh, the reboot could make a GREAT psychological thriller (much like the book) vs. your standard slasher. Alas!

    • Matt Callahan

      Well, it’s hard to say what’s going to happen with this…considering we’re coming up on 4 years that it’s been announced. They didn’t make their supposed 2016 deadline…and it would be in pre-production/filming already if they had intended to make it for 2017. It won’t get made until 2018-2019…it’s not high on Neal H. Moritz’s list of priorities. SONY isn’t saying much….which makes me think they want a re-write.

    • Matt Callahan

      But I’m with you on more of a psych-thriller than a typical horror slasher. More ‘Identity’ than ‘Friday The 13th’…

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