‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot in the Works at HBO Max07/17/2019
HBO Max is saying “XOXO” to a reboot of “Gossip Girl.”
WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streaming service has ordered 10 episodes of the teen drama’s reimagining from the original creative team of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Josh Safran, who wrote and produced the original, will return to serve as showrunner of the new version.
“Gossip Girl” ran on The CW for six seasons from 2007 to 2012 and was based the popular book series by Cecily von Ziegesar.
It was a pop culture phenomenon and launched the careers of Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick. “Gossip Girl” also spawned clothing and cosmetics lines, and in 2008, The New York Times wrote that it was “one of the biggest influences on how young women spend.”
The new version is set eight years after the original gossip 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 unclear if any of the original cast members will return for the reboot.
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