This will come as a shock to absolutely no one, but…the television execs who make the wide world of entertainment go round miss Pretty Little Liars. (Or more specifically, all the $$$ PLL brought in.) So like basically every other flagship franchise of the past century, it’s getting the reboot treatment. The Hollywood Reporter first reported that the former Freeform megahit is getting a face-lift from Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
You may be wondering: Can a series that ended less than five years ago already get a reboot? Does the whole idea strain the very concept of a reboot? And the answers are: Apparently yes and absolutely! But also, do you remember the joy of pre-COVID-19 nights spent mixing margaritas with your girlfriends and tuning in to find out A’s true identity? Is it possible we can rediscover that steady drip of dopamine again?
Okay, so what do we know so far?
Well, it’s more a question of what we *don’t* know, which is pretty much everything. As of early September, there was no release date in sight yet, and no network had officially jumped at the opportunity to host the reboot. But Deadline made the correct call that streamer HBO Max would be the obvious choice for the one-time cable hit: The new PLL offically got a direct-to-series order from the streamer on September 24, as reported by Entertainment Tonight.
What will the show be called?
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. Spooky.
Will the original cast star?
Don’t expect to see too many familiar faces on the new show: The story will feature all new characters and an all new story. Are these new characters related to the old ones? Your guess is as good as mine.
Plus, we have no clue if the original series creator, I. Marlene King, will have anything to do with the new PLL. Aguirre-Sacasa will write the script, with Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo executive-producing, but without any assurance that King will be involved, will this really be PLL? Or just another Riverdale wannabe?
Another interesting variable to toss into the equation: When Lucy Hale, the former PLL superstar who played Aria Montgomery, hinted to Entertainment Tonight in May that someone might want to reboot her show eventually, she added, “I might have to produce it because I’m way too protective of it.” In which case, uh, sign us up??
Any idea what the story will be about?
The reboot's description reads: "Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls—a brand-new set of Little Liars—find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago...as well as their own. In the dark, coming-of-RAGE, horror-tinged drama Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, we find ourselves miles away from Rosewood, but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe—in a brand new town, with a new generation of Little Liars."
Who might those mischievous parents be? How is the cheekily named Millwood related to Rosewood? And why do I have a sinking feeling that the "Assailant" is capitalized for a reason? Is that a warning sign for a brand new A?
In a separate statement, Aguirre-Sacasa and co-executive producer/writer Lindsay Calhoon Bring added, "We’re such huge fans of what I. Marlene King and her iconic cast created, we knew that we had to treat the original series as #CANON and do something different. So we’re leaning into the suspense and horror in this reboot, which hopefully will honor what the fans loved about the hit series, while weaving in new, unexpected elements."
But what about the central villain?!
How many more identities can A take on? We’ve had A, the A Team, Uber A, A.D.—will a new PLL finally have to introduce a different villain? Or will we get a new "Assailant" who’s, like, Aria’s second cousin twice removed? I guess in the meantime, we’ll just rewatch all six original seasons. We’re in quarantine, y’all. We’ve got nothing but time.
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