Canadian director-actor Karena Evans is set in motion to direct the first two episodes for a ‘Gossip Girl’ TV show reboot.
Set to launch sometime in 2021, HBO Max has appointed the Toronto-raised talent to direct the pilot and second episode of the upcoming series.
The once-upon-a-time-after-school favourite is based on novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and the original CW series, which ran from 2007 to 2012. The intimate lives and behind the scenes of wealthy teens that attended a private school in New York, were documented by a blogger and shared updates through social media. Originally narrated by Kristen Bell, she famously signed off each episode with “XOXO, Gossip Girl.”
Evans is known for her directorial slew of hit music videos featuring Drake, and co-starring in the TIFF acclaimed 2018 film, ‘Firecrackers’ by Jazmin Mozaffari. She is also the first woman to ever receive the Prism Prize Lipsett Award that same year. Additionally, Evans has taken home trophies for music video direction from the BET, BET Hip-Hop and Much Music Video Awards.
“Her vision, voice, and passion are incomparable. It’s an honour and a privilege to get to work with her, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what she has planned.”
–Joshua Safran, Head Writer and Executive Producer
On other TV projects, Evans has directed the premiere episode of the new Starz drama ‘P-Valley’ and also an episode of FX‘s ‘Snowfall’.
The new ‘Gossip Girl’ is produced by Fake Empire and Alloy Entertainment, in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.