‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ Gets 2025 Release Date, Original Stars Expected to Return

Though it’s still early in development, the return of I Know What You Did Last Summer will be welcomed by its many fans.

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) endures as a teen-horror classic from the 1990s.

We’re not sure about last summer, but we now know what director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson will be doing next summer. She’ll be celebrating the release of her new movie. That’s because the next film in the I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise is reported to have a confirmed July 18, 2025 release date.

The announcement comes more than a year after Deadline exclusively reported on February 6, 2023 that I Know What You Did Last Summer would be getting a new sequel, and that Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. were in talks to be in the film. That turned out to be partially true, with CBR reporting that Prinze clarified that he hadn’t actually spoken with anyone involved with the project prior to the Deadline article. He did, however, sit down with the film’s director to talk about a potential role in the movie after the original article was published. No offers were made, and no new updates have come out. As of this writing, Freddy Prinze Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt are still expected to return, but their involvement hasn’t been officially confirmed.

Ray and Julie embrace in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998).
The final fate of Ray and Julie is left unclear at the end of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998).

The original I Know What You Did Last Summer was released in 1997. The movie was writer Kevin Williamson’s next movie after Scream (1996), though Williamson had written the script for I Know What You Did Last Summer years prior. The story focuses on four friends who accidentally hit a man with a car and dump his body in the ocean. One year later, the friends are brought back together by a killer who is stalking them to punish them for what they did. The movie was a success and led to two sequels in 1998 and 2006, and an Amazon Prime series in 2021 (though the series was unrelated to the movies and based more on the original novel by Lois Duncan).

The Fisherman in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
The Fisherman is the main slasher villain in the I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise.

It’s too early to know what a potential sequel might be about, but the inclusion of Hewitt and Prinze points to the new film being a sequel rather than a full reboot. Jennifer Kaytin Robinson is attached to direct and cowrite. Robinson’s previous work includes directing two features for Netflix: Someone Great (2019) and Do Revenge (2022). Leah McKendrick is set to cowrite the script, and her previous writing credits include M.F.A. (2017). Neal H. Mortiz, producer of the original I Know What You Did Last Summer and its 2021 Amazon Prime TV reboot is producing the new film.

Helen Shivers is scared in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
If only there was a way to reboot the story enough to bring back fan-favorite Helen Shivers (Sarah Michelle Gellar)…

Robinson and McKendrick’s pitch is thought to be along the lines of Scream 5 in that it will be a true sequel meant to pass the story from legacy characters to a new set of characters. That would mean Jennifer Love Hewitt is likely to return as Julie James, and Freddie Prinze Jr. will return as Ray Bronson. But will the movie take the requel route of Halloween (2018) and dismiss some or all of the events of the sequels, or will it be more like Scream (2022) and include the entirety of the franchise’s canon? It’s way too early to tell, but we’ll share the news with you as it comes.

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Chris has a degree in film studies at Temple University’s campus in Tokyo, Japan. He is a renowned expert on horror cinema.