Hey there Upper East Siders! Gossip Girl here and I am officially BACK. Did you miss me?
That’s right people, the moment we’ve all been dreaming about for the past, oh I don’t know, several bloody years has officially happened.
Gossip Girl is getting a reboot!
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that a GG remake will be aired on HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s new streaming service which will launch sometime next year, after getting a straight-to-series order.
The team behind the original series, which ran from 2007 to 2012 and quickly became a cult classic show, will be involved in this reimagining, including Joshua Safran, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.
“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.”
But before you get completely ahead of yourselves with excitement, we must warn you that at this point NONE of the original cast are set to return with their famous roles, including Leighton Meester, Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick or Penn Badgley.
Instead Safran said that the Gossip Girl remake will be an “extension” of the original with a new generation of New York private school kids and a new Gossip Girl.
“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,” reads a longline for the show.
“The prestige series will address just how much social media – and the landscape of New York itself – has changed in the intervening years,”
Safran also said that there would be a particular focus on how social media has changed the way our society lives and behaves.
“It’s just a new look at this particular society in New York, the idea being that society changes constantly,” he 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.”
This isn’t the first time that the idea of a GG reboot has been toyed with, but it’s certainly the first time that it’s officially been confirmed!
Let’s just hope that this time around we can get a better resolution at the end of the series… We don’t think anyone was able to deal with the real identity of the OG Gossip Girl…