- Jennifer Love Hewitt is eager to reprise her role in a potential I Know What You Did Last Summer legacy sequel
- Despite her age, Hewitt is not letting it stop her from returning to the horror franchise
- A revival of the series with Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. may be possible, similar to the recent Scream series comeback
25 years ago, I Know What You Did Last Summer became a sensation, raking in $125 million dollars at the box office on a budget of just $17 million, and giving rise to a 1998 theatrical sequel as well as a 2006 direct-to-video installment. Recently, Jennifer Love Hewitt, known for her role as Julie James in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, expressed her strong interest in reprising the character in a potential legacy sequel which could bring back the horror franchise. In her appearance on the Inside Of You Podcast with Michael Rosenbaum, Hewitt discussed various topics, including growing older in Hollywood, anxiety, and therapy. When asked if she would consider appearing in a fourth I Know What You Did Last Summer film, she replied:
“One hundred percent. Yeah. I loved making those movies.”
Hewitt started her acting career at 18 years old with I Know What You Did Last Summer, which premiered on October 17, 1997. After more than 30 years in the industry, she is well aware that she is not as young as she once was and understands that her age might be a point of contention. However, this does not discourage her from continuing with the franchise that kickstarted her acting career if the opportunity arises.
“I mean, but talk about people being like, ‘Well she doesn’t look 18 anymore,’ but I would do it for sure.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt gained recognition for her role as Sarah Reeves Merrin on the television show Party of Five, later starring in the first two I Know What You Did Last Summer films as well as other movies, such as Can’t Hardly Wait, Heartbreakers, and The Tuxedo. She then returned to television, starring as a regular on Ghost Whisperer from 2005 until 2010, The Client List in 2012, and 9-1-1 since 2018.
The first I Know What You Did Last Summer film centered around four friends who accidentally hit a fisherman with their car and choose to hide their responsibility instead of reporting it to the authorities. The 1973 Lois Duncan novel inspired this movie, and its ambiguous ending led to the sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. In 2006, the franchise was briefly revived with a direct-to-DVD film called I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, but it was quickly set aside.
In 2014, Sony Pictures planned to remake the original film, with Mike Flanagan slated as its script writer. However, the project was eventually scrapped. February 2023 saw reports of a new legacy sequel underway, with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson set to direct, and Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. interested in reprising their roles. In a March 2023 interview with ComicBook.com, Prinze Jr. disclosed that he had not yet received an official offer to appear in a sequel.
There has not been any formal announcement about the potential for an I Know What You Did Last Summer 4, but with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr.’s willingness to return to their roles, there is hope for the franchise’s resurrection, similar to the recent revival of the Scream series in 2022. Hewitt’s entire interview can be seen on the Inside Of You Podcast with Michael Rosenbaum.