For the most successful horror movies a remake is always inevitable, the classic teen-slasher movie, I Know What You Did Last Summer is not an exception to this rule. The original movie which was first released in cinemas back in 1997 is to be remade for release some time in 2016. The original film featured Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Geller and Freddie Prinze Jr. With Jim Gillespie in the directors chair. You may know Geller as Buffy, Hewitt from Ghost Whisperer and Gillespie for directing, well…the I Know What You Did Last Summer Franchise. Gillespie didn’t really direct anything else of note. The horror flick about a very persistent dead guy is about the only well-known movie he directed. Another familiar face in this movie is Johnny Galecki, who has sky rocketed to fame in recent years in the role of Leonard on The Big Bang Theory.
If you are unaware of I Know What You Did Last Summer, the plot is simple; four teenagers in a car hit someone and kill him, they hide the body. One year later the past comes back to haunt them. What follows is your typical obsessed psychopath that won’t give up horror movie. The group are relentlessly pursued by an unknown figure, this will most likely be the basic plot of the remake with a few changes here and there to keep things fresh.
As of yet there are very little details, that is as far as the cast is concerned. I can’t see Jennifer Love Hewitt or Sarah Michelle Geller being willing to return for the remake, nor can I see why Sony would decide to use the original cast. If anything the movie will be a straight reboot, with a new cast but the same old storyline. To be honest I would like to see a cast reunion more than a straight re-imagining, at least it would be something different. It seems like there are infinite amounts of reboots, retcons and rehashes, it would be interesting to see a sequel with the old cast returning almost eighteen years later.
Lack of casting news aside we have one detail about the remake coming in 2016 and that is that the script is to be written by one Mike Flanagan. Flanagan is a wise choice on Sony’s part as he has experience directing in the horror genre. For example in 2013 Mike Flanagan directed Oculus, which got a decent score of 61 on Metacritic.