The early stages of the Gossip Girl reboot are underway! After HBO Max announced last summer that a reboot of the popular teen drama would be coming for the upcoming streaming service, new details on the project are coming to light.
“We’ve got the first script, and I think we’ve all breathed a big sigh of relief because it’s good enough,” HBO Max’s head of original material Sarah Aubrey told reporters at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Wednesday.
“One of the benefits of joining the original creators is that they know the essential elements of the show [that need to be included in this new version],” Aubrey continued. “And they want to bring a modern lens to it.”
“We’re having early casting conversations, drawing circles around some people, but it’s early days,” he added to questions about the original cast — or not — Penn Badgley, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford, and Ed Westwick will be included — it must be included.
While it can be seen if any former Upper East Siders reboot will be screened, Badgley, 33, recently told Entertainment Tonight that his role as Dan Humphrey imploded is something he “must think about.”
“Could Dan Humphrey …? I wouldn’t … This would be a message I’d put on the top of my inbox, you know, to think about,” You told the Star Outlet.
“I think it’s pretty obvious that, like, I’ve never been a proponent of Dan Humphrey,” he continued. “I have never been necessarily the most excellent friend or a fan of Dan Humphrey, who I now reconcile in such a way that I am like, you know, I would love to contribute in a meaningful way to it. And I think it will just depend on a lot of things.
Bugle continued, “It will depend on how and why he is there, and I don’t know.
Meister, who played Blair Waldorf in the show’s original run from 2007-2012, had stated that he would not like to return to the gossip girl world before the reboot was announced.
“There are so many questions that come from this: ‘Do you miss it?’ Do you love what you wore? And I understand that but — and I am nothing but to say it with love — It’s like saying, ‘High school was a wonderful time for you, do you wish you could go back?’ “Said PorterEdit in Actress, 33, 2014. “And the truth is, it was so special and such a unique, wonderful experience, but no, I don’t want to go back to it, I was a kid!”
The reboot will be helmed by original creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.
Writer and producer Joshua Saffran previously revealed that the updated version of the show would feature more diverse casts and more ‘queer content.’
Saffran said at the Vulture Festival in November; the show did not have much representation around for the first time. “Even when I went to a private school in New York in the 90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what gossip was on the girl. So, the clues are nonwhite this time around.
He said, “It’s pretty much working with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle it,” a significant “twist” that’s central to the reboot plot Teasing.
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