Gossip Girl Reboot Promises A ‘More Diverse’ Cast
Hello Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl here or well, she (or maybe he) will soon be. A few months back, the creators of the popular show, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, struck a deal with streaming service HBO Max to reboot the popular teen show, that ended in 2012. The new show will see certain changes from the original series and is likely to be a bit more diverse. According to recent reports, the writer and executive produce the original series - Joshua Safran has admitted that they have a more diverse cast in the reboot and also a major ‘twist in the storyline’.
Speaking at Vulture Festival, Safran said, ''There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show. I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there. Even when I went to private school in New York in the 90s, the school didn't necessarily reflect what was on 'Gossip Girl'. So, this time around the leads are non-white. There's a lot of queer content on this show. It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that. The thing I can't say is there is a twist, and that all relates to the twist.''
The series revolves around the drama, romance and lives of the privileged teenagers of Manhattan's Upper East Side and how a mysterious blogger, Gossip Girl, creates more drama in their already eventful lives. In the original series, the ‘outsider’ Dan Humphrey played by Penn Badgley was revealed to be the Gossip Girl. It has also been confirmed that Kristen Bell will be reprising her role as the narrator in the revival series.
The original series ran from 2007-2012 and was an adaptation of books series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar.
The reboot show will have 10 one-hour long episodes and stream on the new streaming service, HBO Max.