|Based on||Gossip Girl|
by Cecily von Ziegesar
|Developed by||Joshua Safran|
|Narrated by||Kristen Bell|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production location||New York City|
|Original network||HBO Max|
|Preceded by||Gossip Girl (2007–2012)|
Gossip Girl is an upcoming American teen drama television series. A sequel and soft reboot of the television series Gossip Girl (2007–2012), developed by original series' executive producer Joshua Safran, executive produced by original series' co-creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, along with Safran, who also serves as showrunner. The series features the return of Kristen Bell as the narrator, an unknown, omniscient blogger known as "Gossip Girl". It is set to be released on HBO Max in July 2021.
Nearly a decade after the conclusion of the original series, a new cast of Manhattan private schoolers takes the lead under the watchful eye of Gossip Girl, while demonstrating how much social media – and the landscape of New York City itself – has changed in the intervening years. Gossip Girl is slated to feature more adult content than the original on The CW, owing to the relaxed standards of the HBO Max streaming service. The series is also slated to be more diverse, with nonwhite leads and LGBT characters.
In regard to continuity, executive producer and showrunner Joshua Safran stated that it is officially in the same continuity of the original Gossip Girl series. However, rather than a direct continuation of the story, it is instead set in the same world where previous characters existed and can be freely referenced and potentially reappear, but stars a different set of characters from a different point of view. Safran likened this to a shared universe, akin to that of the Marvel Universe.
WarnerMedia ordered a revival of the series for HBO Max in July 2019. Although called a "reboot", it was confirmed to be a continuation of the original story by Josh Schwartz. On November 2, 2020, it was announced that Karena Evans will be directing the first two episodes of the series.
In November 2019, it was announced Kristen Bell would be returning as the voice of Gossip Girl in the new series. In March 2020, it was reported that Emily Alyn Lind, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Johnathan Fernandez, and Jason Gotay were cast. Later that month, Tavi Gevinson, Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat, Zion Moreno were reported to have joined as well. In April 2020, it was reported that Savannah Smith had joined the cast. In August 2020, Jordan Alexander joined the cast in a starring role. In October 2020, Evan Mock was cast as a series regular while Laura Benanti was cast in an undisclosed capacity. In March 2021, Elizabeth Lail joined the cast in an undisclosed role.
Filming for the series was scheduled to begin in March 2020 in New York City but was put on halt due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and as a result, the release date was pushed back to 2021. Production for the series began on November 2, 2020.
Gossip Girl is scheduled to be released in July 2021.