Get ready, Upper East Siders: Gossip Girl is really coming back. A reboot of the hit 2000s show will launch on the upcoming streaming service HBO Max with 10 hour-long episodes, showing a new generation of rich and famous prep-school teens. In the age of Instagram stars, bloggers, and influencers, it's the perfect time to revive the famed gossip website about New York City's young elite.
Here's what you need to know about the exciting project so far.
What's it about?
Full plot details remain limited, but here's the official summary for the series.
"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."
"It's just a new look at this particular society in New York, the idea being that society changes constantly," screenwriter Joshua Safran told The Hollywood Reporter. "So how has this world changed, how has social media and its effect changed? All of those things allow us to look at the world 12 years on as opposed to just redoing the story."
When does it air, and where can I watch it?
The premiere date for Gossip Girl 2.0 is unclear, but HBO Max, which comes from WarnerMedia, will launch in spring 2020 with more than 10,000 hours of new content, per The Hollywood Reporter. Let's hope this reboot is somewhere in that mix.
Is the original cast involved?
As fans are well aware, the CW series gave rise to stars including Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen), Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf), Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey), Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald), and Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass). However, considering the emphasis on the "new generation" in the synopsis, it's unclear how the original leads will be involved. But never say never!
Crawford recently told Digital Spy that he would "absolutely cameo" if a reboot featured new characters. "I'd have to!" he said.
And according to Entertainment Tonight, executive producer Josh Schwartz revealed at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, "We've reached out to all of them to let them know it was happening and we'd love for them to be involved if they want to be involved, but certainly didn't want to make it contingent upon [them being involved]." Basically, any of the original cast members can return if they want to!
Schwartz continued, "They played these characters for six years, and if they felt like they were good with that, we want to respect that, but obviously... it would be great to see them again."
Who's behind it?
Safran, a Gossip Girl showrunner, will write and executive-produce the show's revival. The series' original creators, Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, are also attached to the project as executive producers.
"It's something we've been talking about—Josh, Stephanie, and I—for a little bit, just in terms of, 'Is this something we want to explore?' We're all so in love with the original and had such an incredible time working on it, and it's such a big part of our lives," Safran told THR.
Will it tie into the original series?
Schwartz told Us Weekly that the new Gossip Girl will be in the "same world" as the original. As production progresses, they'll release "details of what exactly is going to be the same and tie us to the original show."
Savage added that the time jump at the end of the original series hinted at the Gossip Girl website's longevity. It "was kind of set up that this is an eternal presence that would reinsert at least at some point," she added to Us.
Will people still be wondering who Gossip Girl is?
Nope. Schwartz told E! News that the prospect of having a group of adults being controlled by a gossip website wouldn't "make a lot of sense." Instead, he thinks it would be more interesting to highlight "this idea that we are all Gossip Girl now, in our own way, that we are all purveyors of our own social media surveillance state."
Stay tuned for more info about the next generation of Gossip Girl.
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