AceShowbiz - "Cruel Intentions" is one step closer to coming to small screen. After ordering a pilot script to the TV sequel, NBC has now handed out pilot order to the adaptation of the 1999 dark drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe.
The TV sequel will pick up more than 15 years after the movie left off. It will center on Bash Casey, the son of the movie's central characters Annette (Witherspoon) and Sebastian (Phillippe), who discovers his late father's legacy in a hidden journal. Bash is subsequently introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.
The project hails from the film's writer-director Roger Kumble and producer Neal H. Moritz. Kumble, Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross pen the script and will executive produce the TV sequel, with Kumble also attached to direct the pilot.
Elsewhere at CBS, "MacGyver" reboot and "Bull" based on Dr. Phil McGraw's early career also get pilot orders. The "MacGyver" reboot is described as a reimagining of the Richard Dean Anderson-starring series of the same name. It follows "a 20-something MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening."
R. Scott Gemmill wrote the early version of the script, but Paul Downs Colaizzo has provided the new take. The original series' executive producer Henry Winkler will return in the same capacity, while "Furious 7" helmer James Wan is on board to direct the reboot.
The Dr. Phil drama, meanwhile, will explore the popular talk show host's days as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time. Paul Attanasio and McGraw team up to write the script and will also serve as executive producers.