It’s been more than three years since Pretty Little Liars ended, but there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t miss it. That’s why when news hit the web that they were rebooting the iconic series, we all could barely contain our excitement! That’s right, HBO Max recently announced that they had a new spinoff show in the works called Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, and we have all the exciting details for you.
So wait, what is this show going to be about? Will it retell the original story, continue off where it left off or focus on a brand new group of girls? Will any of the OG stars return for it? Who else was cast in it? And when will it come out? Not to worry, people, because we broke it all down for you. Here’s what you need to know…
Who Is Behind ‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin?’
Get this, you guys — Riverdale‘s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is working on the reboot, alongside his Chilling Adventures of Sabrina collaborator Lindsay Calhoon Bring. OK, that’s how we know it’s going to be good!
“Roberto and Lindsay are expanding the Pretty Little Liars universe with more murder, mysteries, and scandal, and we can’t wait,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, previously said in a statement.
What Will ‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’ Be About?
As fans know, the original show starred Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson and Sasha Pieterse. It was about a group of girls who started receiving mysterious messages from someone named “A,” just weeks after their best friend Alison passed away.
So what will go down in the new show? It’s set 20 years after the events in the first series, and a new “A” is going to torment a new set of girls. Here’s the official description:
“Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago… as well as their own. In the dark, coming-of-RAGE, horror-tinged drama Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, we find ourselves miles away from Rosewood, but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe—in a brand new town, with a new generation of Little Liars.”
Fans Can Expect It To Be Different From The Original Show
Aguirre-Sacasa and Calhoon Bring previously admitted that although they’re huge fans of the OG show and it’s creator, I. Marelene King, they want the new show to be different.
“We’re such huge fans of what I. Marlene King and her iconic cast created, we knew that we had to treat the original series as #CANON and do something different. So we’re leaning into the suspense and horror in this reboot, which hopefully will honor what the fans loved about the hit series, while weaving in new, unexpected elements,” they said in a statement.
Despite their love of the creator, her feelings for them are not the same. In fact, King actually threw some low-key shade towards the new show on Twitter.
“The bodies aren’t even cold yet,” a fan wrote via Twitter, to which the producer replied, “Literally. They are somewhere in the WB jungle.” She also reposted a message that said, “We finished three years ago. Our original boots are warm.”
Will Any Of The Original Stars Make Appearances?
Unfortunately, none of the original stars of the show have signed on to the new one, but back in May, Hale hinted that she may want to produce it.
“When the time comes that they want to do it with a whole new cast, I might have to produce it because I’m way too protective of it,” she told Entertainment Tonight.
But while speaking to Us Weekly this week, she revealed she was not going to be involved after all.
“I sincerely wish everyone the best and I hope it’s a huge success,” the actress said. “Some people get angry about a reboot, but I think it’s important to be supportive of up-and-coming artists. I’m curious to see what they do with it!”
There’s no release date for it just yet, but we hope they announce something soon!
What Other Reboots Do We Have To Look Forward To?
It turns out, this isn’t the only reboot we have to look forward to! Yep, more than 30 years after Saved By the Bell first came out, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock, announced that they were rebooting the iconic show, and we can’t wait!
According to the official synopsis, Zack Morris is now the governor of California, and he “gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools and proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state, including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the overprivileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.”
But that’s not all. Disney also revealed in 2019 that they were bringing back Lizzie McGuire! It will follow the blonde-haired character that we all know and love but now, she’s in her 30s and working as an apprentice to an interior designer in New York. Hilary Duff is going to return for the new show, and it seriously sounds like it’s going to be what dreams are made of.
HBO Max is also bringing Gossip Girl back! Set four years after the original show ended, the upcoming series will follow “a new group of Upper East Siders as they’re thrown under the microscope of Gossip Girl’s social surveillance.” The show’s original creators, Joshua Schwartz, Joshua Safran and Stephanie Savage, will all return to executive produce the reboot.
Newcomers Savannah Smith, Zion Moreno and Jordan Alexander, Emily Alyn Lind (who fans may recognize from Sacred Lies, Code Black, The Babysitter, Lights Out, Hidden, Revenge and more), Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Whitney Peak, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionist alum Eli Brown, Peter Pan Live! actor Jason Gotay, Johnathan Fernandez (who previously starred in Lethal Weapons, Good Medicine, Catching Up, Scare Package, Porthole and tons more), Broadway star Adam Chanler-Berat, Doherty (who we all know from the Descendants movies), fashion icon Tavi Gevinson and Broadway actress Laura Benanti have all been cast in the new show.