'I Know What You Did Last Summer' Getting a Reboot -- Here's Why We Care

I Know What You Did Last Summer
Hey, remember I Know What You Did Last Summer, the slasher flick starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr.? Its popularity led to a franchise of sorts, resulting in the creatively named I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, and apparently Sony Pictures is hoping enough people are interested in what happens to a group of teens after they cover up a car accident that they'll watch the whole story over again in 2016.

Which is to say, I Know What You Did Last Summer is getting a reboot. I mean, of course it's getting a reboot, because effing everything is getting a reboot these days. But even though it's obvious this is a lame cash grab by Hollywood (it made $125 million when it was released in 1997), there's one reason it should be interesting to see what they come up with.

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IKWYDLS was one of the many mid-'90s horror flicks that centered around hot high school students getting killed (Scream, Final Destination, and The Faculty come to mind, although I'm sure there were more), and like Scream, it was something of a career-starter/booster for its young stars. Horror franchises have historically done well with pushing celebrities into the spotlight -- heck, even Johnny Depp got started with one of those Nightmare on Elm Street installments -- and I Know What You Did Last Summer had a particularly good pedigree. Jennifer Love Hewitt was the star, but in addition to Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr., it featured Anne Heche and Bridgette Wilson.

So I'm thinking it'll be neat to see who gets cast in this new version. I'm not sure the world really needs a fresh take on the old hook-handed killer concept, but maybe today's I Know What You Did Etc. star will be tomorrow's Jennifer Lawrence.

Plus, there are so many possibilities for the rebooted version's name:

I So Totally Know What You Did Last Summer

Don't Even Try and Play Like I Don't Know What You Did Last Summer

What You Did Last Summer? Yeah, I Knew That

I Knew What You Did Last Summer Before Knowing What You Did Last Summer Was Cool

Bup-Bup-Bup, Let Me Stop You There Before You Get Into Last Summer

Go Ahead and Prepare a Presentation About What You Did Last Summer But Keep in Mind the Vast Majority of This Information Will Be Familiar to Me

Trivia: Sony had to wade through a legal mess when this movie was originally released, since Miramax sued them for promoting it as being "from the creator of Scream." Miramax's claim was that the honorific belonged to Scream director Wes Craven -- not just Kevin Williamson, who wrote both films -- and Sony ultimately dropped that line from its advertising. Now, of course, they can use taglines like "from the '90s, the decade that brought you the Macarena, Tamagotchi, and fanny packs."

What do you think about this remake? Will you check it out when it hits theaters?


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