After giving new life to Full House, Arrested Development and Mr. Show, Netflix is once again in talks to revive another beloved series: Gilmore Girls. Actresses Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, who portrayed the mother-daughter duo Lorelei and Rory Gilmore on the dramedy series, are in talks to reprise their roles and return to Stars Hollow for the Netflix series, which could go into production as early as next year. The series originally ran from 2000 to 2007.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Netflix revival would feature four 90-minute movies as opposed to the conventional 10 to 12 episode order. Although the WB/CW originally aired Gilmore Girls, Netflix had firsthand evidence of the show's enduring popularity, as reruns were a "strong performer" on the streaming service.
In addition to locking in the lead actresses, series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino will also return to the fold with the revival; a contract dispute prevented Sherman-Palladino from working on Gilmore Girls' seventh and final season, and her participation in the revival would bring a sense of closure for fans. However, Melissa McCarthy, who appeared on the series for seven seasons before becoming a major box office draw in films like Bridesmaids and the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, will likely not be involved in the Netflix series.
Although Graham was reading The Hollywood Reporter today – on Twitter, she excitedly linked to another THR story published two hours earlier about her involvement in the film The Royal We – she did not comment on the Gilmore Girls revival rumors on social media.
Netflix has become a refuge of sorts for fans of television shows that were either canceled prematurely or whose reruns spawned a new generation of fans. The service's Full House update Fuller House is scheduled to premiere in 2016, the Mr. Show non-reunion series With Bob and David will arrive in November and another season of Arrested Development is reportedly in the works. Netflix also recently announced that they will produce a dozen episodes of the critically acclaimed British sci-fi series Black Mirror.