It appears that the Gossip Girl universe is expanding and we are ecstatic! Fans for years have been wanting more from the Gossip Girl world after the series ended a few years ago.
Reaching out to the old cast
The show’s co-creator Josh Schwartz claimed that he has reached out to the original cast (Blake Lively, 31, Penn Badgley, 32, Leighton Meester, 33, Chace Crawford, 34, and Ed Westwick, 32.) He also admitted that the mystery of Gossip Girl will not carry over into the new series. He made it clear that this reboot is not necessarily a reboot, but rather a continuation of the world that the original series took place in.
Josh also opened up on why this was the right time to bring back Gossip Girl.
“We’ve been talking about it. Stephanie and I have been talking about it on and off over the last couple of years, and obviously, you’re seeing more shows kind of get revisited. Certainly, on social media, there are people asking for it. But, we felt like a version that was just our cast grown-up, regardless of what the challenges would be of assembling those actors again. It didn’t really feel like a group of adults who were being patrolled by Gossip Girl would make a lot of sense. So, we thought there was something really interesting about this idea that we are all Gossip Girl now in our own ways. That we are 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.”
Really great idea
Josh added that Josh Safran, who was an executive producer and writer on the original show, had a really great take and a great idea. And that made it feel like this was the moment. “We heard that take, we heard other takes and we’ve gone down some roads and explored some stuff. But we heard Safran’s take, it was so fun. And, knowing that he would be the one writing it, that he would be able to deliver a great job, he definitely wanted to subvert the original paradigm.”
The show will consist of ten episodes. There is no premiere date yet for the new series, but HBO Max will not debut until 2020.
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