The Gilmore Girls follow-up movies are officially cleared for production after securing six cast members from the original series, led by stars Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham. After lengthy negotiations, Graham and Bledel have closed deals to reprise their roles as the mother-daughter duo of Lorelai and Rory. The Gilmore Girls lead quartet is returning intact, with Scott Patterson and Kelly Bishop signed to reprise their roles as Luke and Emily alongside Bledel and Graham. Also, returning are Gilmore Girls co-star Sean Gunn (Kirk) and Keiko Agena (Lane).
The Gilmore Girls revival, which Netflix is treating as a farewell season of the cult show, consists of four 90-minute movies. The Gilmore Girls creator/exec producer Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel Palladino, a fellow Gilmore Girls executive producer, are writing and directing the four films, which are set in present day and unfold over a calendar year, each covering a different season. There had been a sense of missing closure among Gilmore Girls fans because Sherman-Palladino was not on board for its final season of the series and was not able to finish it the way she had originally planned.
Netflix confirmed the movies were going ahead with a tweet featuring a famous line from the show and a “see you on the set” call-0ut to Sherman-Palladino, Graham and Bledel:
The beloved series was a critical and commercial hit for the WB, being able to hold its own airing against then-biggest show on television, NBC’s Friends.
The revival, whose exact title is still TBD, is produced by Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Here is Graham’s tweet about the revival,which has just done a table read for the first film:
Graham followed Gilmore Girls with a starring role on another well received, long-running drama-comedy, Parenthood, while Bledel has done mostly features, including The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants franchise. Bledel is with CAA, Graham with ICM Partners, Patterson with Genesis Entertainment and Morris Yorn, Bishop with Abrams Artists Agency.