Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. Rumored to Return for ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ Sequel
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. are reportedly returning for the I Know What You Did Last Summer sequel.
The duo both appeared in the original 1997 horror flick as well as the first sequel, 1998’s I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. And now multiple outlets, as well as IMDB have them attached to the upcoming sequel from Sony Pictures.
The project is currently in development, with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson set to direct and Neal H. Moritz listed as the producer. Moritz co-produced the first two films as well as the direct to video I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, which released in 2006 and didn’t include any of the film’s original stars. Additionally, there are a number of writers attached to the film, including Lois Duncan (novel), Jeff Howard (screenplay), Leah McKendrick (script), and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (script).
In the original 1997 film, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. starred alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar, Johnny Galecki, Ryan Phillippe, and Bridgette Wilson Sampras. The story followed a group of teenagers, who after accidentally killing a man on the night of their high school graduation try to cover up the death. Flash forward a year later, and they find themselves being stalked by the killer, who wields a hook.
The Success of the I Know What You Did Last Summer Franchise
The original film, which was based on the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan, was a huge box office success. With an initial production budget of $17 million, the film went on to gross more than $125 million worldwide. However, the 1998 sequel was not nearly as successful, only grossing $40 million globally against a budget of $65 million.
An Amazon Prime series, based on the original story, launched in 2021 and ran for one season before the streaming giant canceled the series. Fans and critics alike had a number of complaints about the series, including plot holes, unsatisfactory twists, poor acting, and a distinct lack of slashing from the slasher.
While the series was being promoted, original cast members Hewitt, Prinze, Gellar, and Phillippe surprised the reboot’s cast during a virtual New York Comic Con panel.
“If they’d asked me years ago what I thought about [a TV series], I would have of course said, ‘What are you waiting for, huh?! What are you waiting for?!’ “Hewitt said during the appearance, referencing her character, Julie James’ iconic ad-libbed quote.