The next mystery will unfold on HBO Max, as the streamer has given a direct-to-series order to a new Pretty Little Liars reboot. Earlier this month, it was reported that a new series was in the works, and today's update reveals that the reboot has officially found its home. Dubbed Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, the first teaser has also been released for the series, revealing the new title and hinting at that's to come. "It's not what you think, bitches," red text reads over a black background, with the note signed by an unseen author using the "A" pseudonym.
"Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart," the official logline reads. "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."
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin is written by executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale) and co-exec producer Lindsay Calhoon Bring (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina). Aguirre-Sacasa's Muckle Man Productions and Alloy Entertainment produces in association with Warner Bros. Television. Alloy's Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo will also exec produce.
HBO has also revealed that the new series will be set in the same Pretty Little Liars universe as the other shows in the franchise, but will be set many miles away from Rosewood in a brand new town with all-new characters. This means that the possibility will always be there for other characters from the Pretty Little Liars universe to make special appearances, but there's no indication at this time that any original cast members will 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. 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," Aguirre-Sacasa and Bring said in a statement.
"Roberto and Lindsay are expanding the Pretty Little Liars universe with more murder, mysteries, and scandal, and we can't wait," added HBO Max head of original content Sarah Aubrey.
The Pretty Little Liars franchise is based on the bestselling book series by Sara Shepard. It was first developed for the small screen by I. Marlene King, debuting on ABC Family in 2010. The series starred Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Sasha Pieterse, and Janel Parrish. It ended in 2017 after seven episodes, but not before spawning two spinoff shows, though each only lasted for a single season. We'll be seeing if the franchise will be better off with a fresh set of hands taking the wheel along with its new home on HBO Max, which will undoubtedly allow the writers to push the envelope more than Pretty Little Liars has ever seen before. For now, you can binge the original series on HBO Max. This news comes to us from HBO Max on Twitter.