Sarah Michelle Gellar Responds To Rumors That She’ll Return For New I Know What You Did Last Summer Sequel

Sarah Michelle Gellar in I know what you did last summer
(Image credit: Columbia Pictures)

There is no movie franchise that is so old that a sequel is not possible. We’ve seen numerous projects from Blade Runner to Top Gun get sequels decades after their original movies, and so it maybe wasn’t that big a surprise to learn that slasher favorite I Know What You Did Last Summer is now set to get a new entry starring original cast members Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. What was maybe a bit surprising was the rumor that another member of the I Know What You Did Last Summer cast, Sarah Michelle Gellar, might also be returning. This was surprising because Gellar’s character dies in the first movie.

To be fair, it’s maybe not that crazy an idea that Sarah Michelle Gellar could return. Her husband who was also in the original films is set to return, and as Gellar tells ET, she has another strong connection to the new project as she’s good friends with the project’s director. She explained…

That's funny, I heard that news as well. And one of my best friends [Jennifer Kaytin Robinson] is directing it. It’s interesting, isn’t it?

And it turns out that maybe rumors of Gellar’s return to I Know What You Did Last Summer weren’t entirely unfounded. The actress says that director, and Thor: Love and Thunder screenwriter,  Jennifer Kaytin Robinson actually suggested the idea of her return to the franchise. It was Gellar who felt obligated to point out that her character is very dead and thus a return wouldn’t make much sense. She continued…

As I explained to Jennifer, I am dead. I am dead dead. On ice. She's like, 'Are you sure you're dead dead?' I'm like, 'It's soap dish dead. I don't have a head. You can't write for someone that doesn't have a head. I'm dead.'

In the original I Know What You Did Last Summer, Gellar played Helen Shivers, a friend of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s character who is one of the final characters to die in this story. She gets slashed to death in an alley while her screams are drowned out by a passing 4th of July parade. Her body is eventually discovered, both slashed and frozen in ice, on the killer’s fishing boat. So yeah, she’s pretty dead.

Considering the success that the newly rebooted Scream has had, it’s not shocking to see I Know What You Did Last Summer getting the legacy sequel treatment as well. The original film in both series had the same screenwriter, and it was only after the success of Scream that Summer, which was an older script, actually got the green light. So this is basically happening for the second time. This project is in its very early stages but it will be interesting to see where this one goes and if fans are still on board. 

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.