‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Ordered By HBO Max
HBO Max, the newly named WarnerMedia streaming service, has handed a series order to a reboot of teen drama ‘Gossip Girl‘ it has been announced.
The original ‘Gossip Girl’ was created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, based on the books by Cecily von Ziegesar. The story revolved around a group of privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York, who could hide no secret from the omniscient blogger, “Gossip Girl”, who was always watching.
This new iteration is something of a continuation of the series but will have a new cast. Set 8 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.
Creator of ‘Quantico’ Joshua Safran, who was also showrunner and writer on the original ‘Gossip Girl’, will take the lead on the new version alongside Schwartz & Savage’s Fake Empire, Alloy Entertainment, WBTV and CBS Television Studios. Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo exec produce for Alloy, with Lis Rowinski from Fake Empire as co-executive producer.
The original series ran for 6 seasons from 2007 to 2012 on The CW, and made huge stars out of the cast, which included Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick. Whilst the set up for this new version will focus on a new cast, it is still set in the same timeline as the original, so it could be possible they may rope in some of the old faces for guest appearances. The order for the new series is 10 one-hour episodes.
Alongside the ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot, HBO Max has lined up original series ‘Dune: The Sisterhood’, ‘The Flight Attendant’ starring Kaley Cuoco, animated series ‘Gremlins: Secrets Of The Mogwai’, ‘Love Life’ starring Anna Kendrick, an adaptation of Alissa Nutting’s novel ‘Made For Love’, an adaptation Emily St. John Mandel’s award-winning bestseller ‘Station Eleven’, and ‘Tokyo Vice’, based on Jake Adelstein’s 2009 memoir.
HBO Max will have a “soft launch” later in 2019 in the US, which will include a huge back catalogue of shows from WarnerMedia’s various brands including HBO, Cinemax, and various Warner Bros. properties such as ‘Seinfeld’, ‘The Big Bang Theory’, and ‘Friends’. It’s unlikely we are going to get the streaming service in the UK, however, it is quite possible the various series will be picked up by UK broadcasters. We’ll let you know when we have more news!
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