“Gossip Girl” fans are getting an update on S, B and Lonely Boy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hit teen drama has a straight-to-series order for a 10-episode reboot on HBO Max.
Joshua Safran, who was the showrunner of the original in its later seasons, will team up with series creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage for the new launch.
“It’s something we’ve been talking about — Josh, Stephanie and I — for a little bit, just in terms of, ‘Is this something we want to explore?’ We’re all so in love with the original and had such an incredible time working on it, and it’s such a big part of our lives,” Safran told THR. “Then the stars aligned and we had availability to jump, and Warners, obviously, it’s something they’re very passionate about. It seemed like the best time and also the best way to do it.”
While he didn’t confirm whether the original cast would appear, he did describe the show as an “extension” of the original.
“Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of ‘Gossip Girl’,” he said. “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 just a new look at this particular society in New York, the idea being that society changes constantly,” Safran added. “So how has this world changed, how has social media and its effect changed? All of those things allow us to look at the world 12 years on as opposed to just redoing the story. None of us are interested in just redoing a story.”
The original series, which aired from 2007 until 2012, helped launch the careers of many stars, including Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen), Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey), Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf) and Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald).
The series was narrated by Kristen Bell did her best not to give anything away when asked by E! News if she will return. “Maybe,” she said with a smirk. “I’ll never tell.”
If Bell doesn’t return, she does have a suggestion of who the narrator should be. “James Earl Jones. It’s gotta be, yeah,” Bell added. The infamous voice of “The Lion King”‘s Mufasa would certainly be a bold choice.
The launch of HBO Max in Canada is still unclear.