Amazon Prime Video has acquired the worldwide rights to Freeform’s upcoming thriller drama series Cruel summer (formerly known as Last summer) by Bert V. Royal, Jessica Biel, eOne and Iron Ocean Productions.
Amazon will premier the series outside of the United States, Canada, and China after its launch on Freeform. Cruel summer takes place over three summers – 1993-95 – in a small town in Texas when a beautiful, popular teenage girl, Kate (Olivia Holt), is kidnapped and a girl, Jeanette (Chiara Aurelia), apparently no longer cute, clumsy is a runaway the most popular girl in town and the most despised person in America until 1995. Each episode is narrated from the POV of one of the main two girls, which keeps viewers’ loyalty changing as more information is revealed.
“With Cruel summerJessica Biel, Michelle Purple, Bert V. Royal and Tia Napolitano created a one-of-a-kind drama in which Prime members around the world bite their fingernails as this mysterious story unfolds, ”said Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide Content Acquisition for Prime Video.
The show was created and executive produced by Royal, with Tia Napolitano serving as showrunner and executive producer. Max Winkler directed and produced the pilot. eOne has worldwide distribution rights for the series (excluding the USA and Canada), including second windows.