‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Set at HBO Max
“Gossip Girl” is getting a reboot over 10 years after it ended on The CW. A new breed of teenagers from the upper crust of New York is going to be the highlight of this series with the original creators and writers aboard.
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the co-creators, has teamed up with “Gossip Girl” writer and executive producer Joshua Safran in bringing the rebooted series into the streaming platform. HBO Max is set to launch in 2020 and has already been building its rosters of programs with old hits like “Friends” and “Game of Thrones.”
“Gossip Girl” made stars out of Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford. They won’t be part of the rebooted series, which has the following logline: “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.”
To be clear, the “Gossip Girl” will not be rework or remake but rather it is an extension of the former show.
“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 said, per 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.”
“Gossip Girl” aired for six seasons on The CW in 2007 to 2012. Network president Mark Pedowitz did reveal in January that there were talks to bring the show back but ultimately the creators and executive producers decided HBO Max will be its new home.