Riverdale creator is rebooting Pretty Little Liars, and fans are not thrilled

The reboot of the hit Freeform series will feature a new story and new set of characters

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Pretty Little Liars is getting a reboot three years after it ended its seven-season run on Freeform.

The new take on the mystery teen drama series ― which was originally developed by I. Marlene King and is loosely based on Sara Shepard’s novel series of the same name ― is being helmed by Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reboot will feature a new story and new set of characters, with Aguirre-Sacasa set to write the script.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Since the project has yet to be taken out to possible buyers, no network or streamer is currently attached to it. But sources told The Hollywood Reporter that HBO Max is considered to be the target destination for the potential series.

Exec producing the reboot alongside Aguirre-Sacasa are Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo. Alloy Entertainment controls the rights to the series and any of its offshoots, including 2014’s Pretty Little Liars: Ravenswood and 2019’s Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, which both lasted a single season.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

The Pretty Little Liars franchise was produced by Warner Bros. TV’s former division Warner Horizon, and since King departed the production company for Disney’s 20th TV last year, it’s not clear whether King will be involved in the reboot.

Though Pretty Little Liars was a huge hit during its original 2010-2017 run, fans are apparently not thrilled with the reboot news. Some people on Twitter feel that it’s way too soon to reboot the series, while others think that rebooting the franchise after two failed spinoffs isn’t a good idea.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Hardcore fans of the original, meanwhile, think that the series is too iconic to be re-made, pointing out that there’s a lot of franchises out there that really need rebooting, and Pretty Little Liars isn’t one of them.

While a few people are open to seeing a reboot of Pretty Little Liars, they’re worried that it might end up oversexualized like Riverdale.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT


Interestingly, there’s also a number of fans who would rather have a second season of The Perfectionist than a reboot of Pretty Little Liars spearheaded by Aguirre-Sacasa.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter