A reboot of the hit teen drama Gossip Girl is in the works, seven years after the show finishes its six-season run.

However, rather than picking up with the original characters, such as Blair, Serena, and Dan, the show is being developed as a sequel-style reboot which will feature an all-new set of New York private schoolers.

The series has been given a 10 episode, straight-to-series order by streaming service HBO Max in the US.

The original show ran from 2007 to 2012 and helped launch the careers of stars Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick.

Joshua Safran, who was showrunner of the original in its later seasons, will write and executive produce the new version, while series creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will also serve as executive producers.

Safran told The Hollywood Reporter of the reboot: "It's something we've been talking about - Josh, Stephanie and I - for a little bit, just in terms of, 'Is this something we want to explore?' We're all so in love with the original and had such an incredible time working on it, and it's such a big part of our lives.

"Then the stars aligned and we had availability to jump, and Warners, obviously, it's something they're very passionate about. It seemed like the best time and also the best way to do it."

A description of the series reads: "Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl.

"The prestige series will address just how much social media - and the landscape of New York itself - has changed in the intervening years."

Safran added: "It's just a new look at this particular society in New York, the idea being that society changes constantly.

"So how has this world changed, how has social media and its effect changed? All of those things allow us to look at the world 12 years on as opposed to just redoing the story. None of us are interested in just redoing a story."

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