Pretty Little Liars has only been off the air for four years, but a reboot of the show that turned Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, and Shay Mitchell into stars is already happening. Multiple outlets confirmed the news in September 2020.
The original series aired for seven seasons and followed all the mysterious twists and turns going down in Rosewood, Pennsylvania, starting with the disappearance of Alison, the leader of a clique of girls. Threatening messages from someone called A begin arriving to Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily, and they become a theme throughout the run. The show spawned two spin-offs—Ravenswood and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists—which each ran for one season.
What will it be called? On September 24, Aguirre-Sacasa posted a teaser to his Instagram, revealing the name of the spin-off will be Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. The tagline? “It’s not what you think, bitches.”
The creative team: As mentioned, Aguirre-Sacasa is attached to the project, and given the wild plot twists and turns of both Riverdale and PLL, he seems like a good choice. Aguirre-Sacasa also tapped “super-writer” and CAOS producer Lindsay Bring to work on the project.
Series creator, I. Marlene King, does not seem to be involved. “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,’ said Aguirre-Sacasa and Bring in a joint statement, per Variety. “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.”
In a July 2021 Deadline article, it was announced that CAOS alum Lisa Soper will direct the first two episodes.
When will it air? That’s still unknown, but Variety reported on September 24 the big news that Original Sin has been picked up by HBO Max—also home to the pending Gossip Girl reboot. All episodes of PLL are also currently streaming on the platform.