I Know What You Did Last Summer sequel with original stars ‘in talks’ – and fans already have requests

A screenshot from I Know What You Did Last Summer shows actor Freddie Prinze Jr wearing a dark top standing next to actor Jennifer Love Hewitt wearing a white vest top as they both look scared while they stand inside the dark interior of a boat

‘Tis the season for 90s horror reboots and with the Scream franchise thriving, fans are ready for the next I Know What You Did Last Summer movie.

The 1997 cult classic starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe followed four teenagers who are chased by a hook-wielding killer after accidentally hitting someone in their car… you guessed it… last summer.

And the discussed reboot/sequel is now ‘in talks’ to bring principal actors Hewitt as Julie James and Prinze Jr as Ray Bronson back, according to Deadline.

The project, still in early development, will bring on board Do Revenge director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, original producer Neal H Moritz and multi-hyphenate Leah McKendrick as scriptwriter.

The Sony-produced sequel is shaping up to be a proper trip down memory lane, and much like Scream, will be honouring the original story and cast.

According to inside sources, the sequel idea was originally pitched by Robinson and McKendrick, and given Do Revenge‘s success at capturing the 90s aesthetic, it seems the idea landed.

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Details of the plot are still under wraps, leaving many questions about how they will go about rebooting the franchise.

The rise and fall of the I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise

This is not the first time the hit film, based on the 1973 novel, has been revisited. It already has a sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer – starring the surviving original cast – alongside Brandy Norwood as Julie’s best friend Karla.

In the original 1998 sequel, Julie goes on a trip to the Bahamas, trying to process the trauma of the events of the previous film but the killer isn’t done with her yet.

The sequel saw moderate success, but it was their third try that marred the franchise. In 2006 they produced I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer with a fresh cast straight-to video.

It completely flopped.

Finally, in another attempt to revive the series Amazon Prime produced a TV series reboot in November 2021, again with an all-new cast. However, after poor reviews and ratings, it was cancelled after one season.

What do fans want from the I Know What You Did Last Summer sequel?

Although it is unclear whether the sequel will acknowledge the 1998 film, fans are already piling up their requests.

In the first film, Gellar’s character Helen Shivers unfortunately lost her life, but that hasn’t stopped fans hoping she can be resurrected in some way.

And many rightly pointed out that if other franchises can get away with randomly bringing characters from the dead – then why not Helen.

It is not entirely out of the realm of possibility that Gellar could return since she recently did her own career reboot with Paramount’s Wolf Pack.

And I Know What You Did Last Summer is the set where the now over 20-years’ married Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle Gellar met.

And in the hopes that the 1998 sequel will be recognised, countless fans are calling for Brandy to revive her iconic character Karla.

Or just giving their wackiest ideas.

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