Hey Upper East Siders, This Just In: The 'Gossip Girl' Reboot Starts Filming In October

The long-awaited reboot of Gossip Girl finally has a reported production date.

The long-awaited reboot of Gossip Girl finally has a reported production date. 

You know it’s a good start to the week when the Gossip Girl reboot finally has a production date. According to Variety, the long-awaited new HBO Max series will officially start filming this October.

A Warner Bros. spokesperson confirmed shooting would start at the end of the month in New York, while WarnerMedia Studio and Networks Group chief Ann Sarnoff will also film in Vancouver and Los Angeles.

Production was originally set to start in May, but filming had to be put on hold because of the pandemic. Previously, we’d learnt that the reboot starts eight years after the series finale and will run for 10 episodes. This time ‘round, it’ll also include social media into the storyline – something it didn’t touch on in the OG series for obvious reasons.

Kristen Bell will return as show narrator, but OG cast members Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick are unlikely to return.  

Last November, writer and executive producer Joshua Safran opened up about diversity in the original series, and how this upcoming iteration of the show will be a lot more inclusive.

"There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show," he said at Vulture Festival last November. "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 nonwhite. 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."

It looks like we won’t have to wait too much longer to find out the twist. In the meantime; track everything we know about the imminent Gossip Girl reboot here.

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