Before Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast as John Blake in Dark Knight Rises he was scrawny teenager Cameron James. Prior to Heath Ledger playing The Joker in The Dark Knight he was older looking high school-er Patrick Verona. No, this isn't an article on the six degrees of separation to Batman. I'm speaking, of course, about the popular '90s teenage comedy 10 Things I Hate About You - an updated version of William Shakespeare's comedic play "The Taming of the Shrew".
Director Gil Junger, who directed both the big screen version and ABC Family TV version of 10 Things I hate About You, recently told Variety that he is moving forward with production on the sequel. While it's still way too early to know if Julia Stiles (Bourne Identity, Bourne Ultimatum) will be making any sort of return or cameo, we do know that Junger has tabbed Hayley Atwell as his leading lady for the film. Atwell recently gained stardom as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Those looking for another quirky teenage comedy should know that Junger plans on going a bit darker for this sequel. Well, maybe a lot darker. According to Junger the sequel to 10 Things I Hate About You will have a suicidal twist to it. Re-read the previous sentence if you think you've misread. The script will feature two people whose paths cross when they head to the same place at the same time to end their lives. Junger commented on where the script goes from there:
“Their chance meeting is so awkward, so raw, and so funny, they postpone their intentions and go their separate ways.”
No information has been released yet on a potential release date for the sequel to 10 Things I Hate About You - nor has word leaked on who else may be starring along side Hayley Atwell. One might be wondering if Zac Efron's phone may soon be ringing. One might also be wondering why you suddenly can't get that song "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" out of your head.
We'll keep you updated on the status of the 10 Things I Hate About You sequel as more news comes to light.