Gossip Girl is the latest in a long line of beloved shows to cop the reboot treatment, and this week, creator Josh Schwartz gave us a bit more of an idea of what to expect.
Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel, Schwartz said that the new show will be a “continuation” of the original, set in the present day, with all new characters.
That means there won’t be new actresses playing the iconic roles of Serena van der Woodsen or Blair Waldorf, however, the original cast have all been invited back.
When asked whether Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and friends might be seen in this new version of the show, Schwartz told the panel:
“We’ve reached out to all of them to let them know it was happening, and we would love for them to be involved if they want to be involved … But [we] certainly didn’t want to make it contingent upon their [participation]. They played those characters for six years, and if they felt like they were good with that, we wanted to respect that. But obviously, it would be great to see them again.”
In another intriguing detail, he said that he and co-creator Stephanie Savage decided against having an anonymous blogger calling the shots in this one, since we’re all online now anyway:
“We felt like a version that was just our cast are grown up, just regardless of what the challenges would be of assembling these actors again, it didn’t really feel like a group of adults who were being controlled by Gossip Girl would make a lot of sense. We felt like there was something really interesting about this idea that we were all Gossip Girl now in our own way. That we were all kind of purveyors of our own social media surveillance state, and how that’s evolved and how that has morphed and mutated, and telling that story through a new generation of Upper East Side high school kids felt like the right time.”
The new Gossip Girl is set to premiere in 2020 on HBO Max in the US. There’s no word yet on when and where it will be shown in Australia, but watch this space for more.