I Know What You Did Last Summer (franchise)

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I Know What You Did Last Summer
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Official franchise logo
Created byLois Duncan
Original workI Know What You Did Last Summer
by Lois Duncan
Owned bySony Pictures
Print publications
Book(s)I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (published screenplay) (1998)
Novel(s)I Know What You Did Last Summer (1973)
Films and television
Film(s)
Direct-to-videoI'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006)

I Know What You Did Last Summer is horror film franchise consisting of three slasher films, based on the novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. The first installment was written by Kevin Williamson, directed by Jim Gillespie, and released in 1997.

The first two installments star Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Muse Watson. In addition, the supporting cast includes: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Johnny Galecki in the first film, with Brandy, Mekhi Phifer and Matthew Settle in the second film.

Films[edit]

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)[edit]

After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim's body into the sea. But exactly one year later, a mysterious fisherman begins stalking the friends.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)[edit]

The murderous fisherman with a hook stalks the two surviving teens, Julie James and Ray Bronson who left him for dead. Despite Julie's warnings, her friends do not believe her until it is too late, and the fisherman begins a second murder spree at a posh island resort in the Bahamas.

I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006)[edit]

A group of teenagers in Colorado find themselves being stalked and killed one by one by a mysterious figure with a hook, exactly one year after they covered up a friend's accidental death.

Future[edit]

On September 14, 2014, Sony reported that they have plans to remake the film, with Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard writing the script.

On June 1, 2016, in an interview with Blumhouse.com "Shockwaves" podcast, writer Flanagan revealed and further confirmed this new iteration of the franchise would not have any inventions of the Lois Duncan novel (the antagonist being a central character) nor the 1997 feature film (the fisherman Ben Willis and four primary protagonists Julie James, Helen Shivers, Barry Cox, and Ray Bronson).

Further, the new direction and scope of the film necessitates an estimated budget of $15–20 million. Sony also states that the film is a high priority and is set for release sometime in 2020.[1]

Television adaptation[edit]

On July 26, 2019, it was announced that Amazon would develop a television series adaptation with Neal H. Moritz and James Wan producing, and Shay Hatten writing the pilot.[2] On October 14, 2020, it was announced that Amazon has ordered the series.[3]

Cast and crew[edit]

Principal cast[edit]

Characters Films
I Know What You Did Last Summer I Still Know What You Did Last Summer I'll Always Know What You Did
Last Summer
1997 1998 2006
Ben Willis / The Fisherman Muse Watson Don Shanks
Julie James Jennifer Love Hewitt Mentioned only
Ray Bronson Freddie Prinze Jr. Mentioned only
Helen Shivers Sarah Michelle Gellar Mentioned only
Barry Cox Ryan Phillippe Mentioned only
Karla Wilson   Brandy Norwood  
Tyrell Martin   Mekhi Phifer Mentioned only
Nancy   Jennifer Esposito  
Will Benson   Matthew Settle Mentioned only
Amber Williams   Brooke Nevin
Colby Patterson   David Paetkau
Zoe Warner   Torrey DeVitto
Lance Jones   Ben Easter
P.J. Davis   Roderick Orton

Additional crew[edit]

Crew/Detail Film
I Know What You Did Last Summer I Still Know What You Did Last Summer I'll Always Know What You Did
Last Summer
1997 1998 2006
Director Jim Gillespie Danny Cannon Sylvain White
Producer(s) Neal H. Moritz
Erik Feig
Stokely Chaffin
Neal H. Moritz
Erik Feig
Stokely Chaffin
William S. Beasley
Neal H. Moritz
Erik Feig
Writer(s) Screenplay by
Kevin Williamson
Based on
I Know What You Did Last Summer
by Lois Duncan
Trey Callaway Michael D. Weiss
Composer John Debney John Frizzell Justin Burnett
Production company Mandalay Entertainment Mandalay Entertainment
Original Film
Destination Films
Distributor Columbia Pictures Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date October 17, 1997 November 13, 1998 August 15, 2006
Running time 101 minutes 101 minutes 92 minutes

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Budget Reference
North America Other
territories
Worldwide
I Know What You Did Last Summer October 17, 1997 $72,586,134 $53,000,000 $125,586,134 $17 million [4]
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer November 13, 1998 $40,002,112 $44,000,000 $84,002,112 $24 million [5]
Total $112,588,246 $97,000,000 $209,588,246 $41,000,000

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
I Know What You Did Last Summer 42% (66 reviews)[6] 52 (17 reviews)[7] B-[8]
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 7% (56 reviews)[9] 21 (19 reviews)[10] B[8]
I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer 0% (6 reviews)[11] N/A N/A

Other media[edit]

Novels[edit]

In 1973, Lois Duncan's I Know What You Did Last Summer was published. It was republished as a tie-in to the film in 1997 and once again in 2018 with some of its content modernized. The film adaptation reenvisioned the story of the novel as a violent slasher film, as opposed to the slow-burn mystery nature of the novel.

Books[edit]

In 1998, a paperback version of the screenplay for I Still Know What You Did Last Summer was published by Pocket Books.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Busch, Anita (September 15, 2014). "'I Know What You Did Last Summer' In Season Again At Sony". Deadline. Archived from the original on January 9, 2020. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  2. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (July 26, 2019). "James Wan Directing 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' Pilot for Amazon!". Bloody Disgusting. Archived from the original on July 27, 2019. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Squires, John (October 14, 2020). "Amazon Orders Up "I Know What You Did Last Summer" Television Series from Producer James Wan!". Bloody Disgusting. Archived from the original on October 15, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  4. ^ "I Know What You Did Last Summer". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on January 29, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 10, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "I Know What You Did Last Summer". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on January 4, 2020. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "I Know What You Did Last Summer". Metacritic. Archived from the original on November 7, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Cinemascore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on November 29, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer". Metacritic. Archived from the original on April 24, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on December 3, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2018.