We have some absolutely stellar news for the devoted worshippers of the Gossip Girl cult.
Not only is the Gossip Girl reboot officially in the works, there is now a release date for the show, which has been announced via Instagram.
Requesting for its Instagram followers to “clear your calendars accordingly”, they wrote, “Good afternoon, followers. I need no introduction, but these New York elite do. Pleased to present your newest obsession – coming to @hbomax this July. Clear your calendars accordingly.”
Good afternoon, followers. I need no introduction, but these New York elite do. Pleased to present your newest obsession — coming to @hbomax this July. Clear your calendars accordingly. pic.twitter.com/msIEgKyT23
— Gossip Girl (@gossipgirl) April 28, 2021
The post teases a 12-second long reel of happy snaps from the reboot so far, which The Hollywood Reporter confirmed is currently locked in for a ten-episode duration via HBO Max. While original cast members Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick won’t be returning to the series, original Gossip Girl narrator, Kristin Bell will be.
Joshua Safran, who was involved with working on the later seasons of the original show has written the new series, as well as executive produced it alongside series creators creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Safran said “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?’
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He added, “It’s just a new look at this particular society in New York, the idea being that society changes constantly. 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.”
While there is so much to love and hate about the original series, it will be interesting to see where the new one will take us. Will you be watching? For more on this topic, follow the Film & TV Observer.