Dreams Really Do Come True: ‘Gossip Girl’ Is Getting a Reboot
Good morning, upper East Siders. Gossip Girl here. And I have some pretty big news: the show is officially getting a reboot!
After some whisperings of bringing back the beloved CW series earlier this year, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Gossip Girl will be receiving a modern update. The teen drama will return as 10 hourlong episodes on WarnerMedia's new streaming service HBO Max, which is slated to launch in Spring 2020.
Joshua Safran, who was showrunner of the original in its later seasons, will write and executive produce the reboot, while series creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are set to serve 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 The Hollywood Reporter. "Then the stars aligned and we had availability to jump, and Warners, obviously, it's something they're very passionate about. It seemed like the best time and also the best way to do it."
Though he declined to comment on the updated plot or any original cast members' involvement, the show's logline reads: "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," Safran said. "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. None of us are interested in just redoing a story."
Gossip Girl originally ran on The CW from 2007-12 and starred Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick.