Dust off your headbands Upper East Siders, and everyone else, and immediately head to the step of The Meet. HBO Max, Warner Media’s new streaming service, has ordered a next-generation Gossip Girl revival.
That’s right. Manhattan’s elite kids are making their return.
According to E! News, the reboot is happening, and it might be an eight-part season on a TV streaming service.
It’s been eight years since the original Gossip Girl site went dark. But a new generation of private school kids has been introduced to the watchful eye of Gossip Girl.
A recent press release from HBO Max stated:
“Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl.”
“The prestige series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years.”
The original series creators, Stephanie Savage, and Josh Schwartz are on board as the executive producers.
Joshua Safran, a producer whose previous credits includes Smash and Quantico, is producing and writing the reboot.
But it’s not clear whether there’ll be returning characters from the original cast, which included. Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Leighton Meester, and Ed Westwick.
Chace Crawford, now 33, told Digital Spy:
“I don’t know what it would look like with us being in our 30s now, but I always say, because it was such a big part of my life, I’m open to anything.”
“It would have to be really right, and really specific, and with TV and the golden age of the TV streaming service, maybe an eight-episode season…”
“It would be very tough to get everybody on board I think because of their schedules, Penn, Leighton, Ed… They’re all doing really good TV shows. It would be hard, I think [to get them all together].”
“The reboot might come in the form of new characters. I would absolutely cameo. I’d have to!”
CW president, Mark Pedowitz, had previously confirmed that there had been some talks about a revival of the iconic 2007-2017 series.
Mark Pedowitz told reporters at the TV Critics’ Association press tour early this year:
“There’s a discussion, but I don’t know if we’re there yet.”
“I don’t know what it would be. A lot is up to Warner Bros. and [exec producers] Josh [Schwartz] and Steph[anie Savage], ’cause you don’t want to do anything without them.”
Details about HBO Max Gossip Girl reboot are still scarce, but it’s expected to debut in the spring of 2020. Stay tuned.