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'Pretty Little Liars' Reboot Ordered to Series at HBO Max


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It's official: A new take on Pretty Little Liars is coming to HBO Max.

A new take on the former Freeform hit has been picked up straight to series at HBO Max. Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is spearheading the series, which is titled Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. Aguirre-Sacasa will co-write the series alongside his Chilling Adventures of Sabrina collaborator Lindsay Calhoon Bring. Original series creator I. Marlene King is not involved.

Here's how HBO Max describes the new take on PLL: "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."

Original Sin comes a mere three years after Pretty Little Liars wrapped its seven-season run and a year after its second spinoff was canceled at Freeform. PLL is considered a legacy title for Warner Bros. TV, which is the studio on the franchise. The young-adult-focused mystery thriller aired across the globe and spawned a couple of local adaptations. The flagship was a star-maker and social media monster and helped to launch the careers of castmembers including Lucy Hale, Tyler Blackburn and Shay Mitchell.

"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," Aguirre-Sacasa and Bring said in a joint statement Thursday. "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."

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