HBO Max is rebooting Gossip Girl, a development greeted with shrieking adulation ... until fans learned it likely would be sans the O.G. cast. The streamer service from WarnerMedia is set to launch in 2020, and it has committed to bring us 10 episodes about a new group of private school teens who come to the attention of Gossip Girl.
Of the original cast—Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Kristen Bell as the voice of GG—only Badgley has previously signaled he’d be down for a reboot.
He told Digital Spy after rumors started circulating: "I don't know what it would look like with us being in our 30s now, but I always say, because it was such a big part of my life, I’m open to anything. It would have to be really right, and really specific, and with TV and the golden age of the TV streaming service, maybe an eight-episode season..."
Earlier this year, Meester was ambivalent: "No one's every talked to me about it except for in interviews and I always say the same: I never say never, so I don't know. No one's sent me that information, it's coming from you."
Fans on Twitter were pretty clear: it was the original cast or nothing. Wrote one: "Imagine gossipgirl without Chuck and Blair ..keep it," while another said, "Gossip Girl is nothing without Queen Blair Waldorf."
So who is definitely involved? No word on the cast OBV, but Joshua Safran is exec producing and writing again and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Fake Empire, the creators, are exec producing as well.
TBD when the newbie will drop. HBO Max kicks off in 2020.