This Friday, Amazon Prime Video premieres the serie that modernizes the mythical horror flick saga
A group of friends, a graduation party that ends in tragic accident, and a dark secret sparking a ghoulish murderer to hunt them to their death. Thus begins ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’, the iconic 1997 horror film based on the Lois Duncan novel (1973), soon to be resurrected for the small screen. This Friday, Amazon Prime Video premieres the first four episodes of this new adaptation, with a fresh installment every Friday until November 12, the date on which the entire first season will be available.
Written and produced by Sara Goodman (‘Gossip Girl’, ‘Preacher’), ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ maintains its initial premise and commitment to the ‘slasher’ and survival genre. But on this occasion, our ‘hunter’, takes full advantage of the potential offered by mobile phones and social media, a pie in the sky back in the nineties, when the original film was released, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr. “Every episode has a different point of view of what happened that night, before the accident. Will make it much harder to figure out who’s after them.”, Goodman explained at the series presentation at Comic-Con in New York.
The official synopsis adds, “As they try to piece together who’s after them, they reveal the dark side of their seemingly perfect town—and themselves. Everyone is hiding something and uncovering the wrong secret could be deadly.”. The parties in the modern version, judging by the first images released by the platform, have more sex and drugs not to mention in addition that this new adaptation flirts with the family drama.
Madison Iseman, the main protagonist, plays twins Lennon and Allison, completely opposing characters. Sebastian Amoruso, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman and Ashley Moore complete the lineup of teenagers, as well as Jhonny Lahela, Margot Gilbert, Dylan Skanlon and Riley Thacker. Bill Heck, Cassie Beck, and Brooke Bloom, among others, were members of the original movie cast.
In 2019, Amazon Studios announced its intention to develop a series based on the “I Know What You Did Last Summer” universe, with James Wan (‘Saw’, ‘Insidious’) as director and Shay Hatten (‘Army of the dead’ ) as screenwriter. In October 2020, the platform announced that Sarah Goodman would finally take the big chair in the writer’s room and Craig William Macneill would direct the pilot, the two also featuring as executive producers along with Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Erik Feig, Peter Guber, James Wan, Michael Clear, Rob Hackett and Shay Hatten.
Following the pandemic, shooting finally got underway in January 2021 on Oahu, Hawaii. Goodman revealed that he hid from the cast who the killer was until the last minute. “I didn’t want anyone to know [who the killer is] until the last minute,”, said Goodman. “Also on a subconscious level. I didn’t want anyone else to react to this actor. I felt like it was very, very important that everyone didn’t know until they had to know – which drove everyone crazy.”, Goodman said at Comic-Con, laughing as she recalled how her phone was filled with texts from cast members insisting they knew who the killer was. The new generation of ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ has already received the ‘blessing’ from its predecessors, who, at least for now, don’t appear in the series. It remains to be seen what happens when and if, as was the case back in 1997, the terror persists.