HBO Max has reportedly canceled its planned reboot of the teen drama Degrassi, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
The news comes as part of a larger report on the state of Warner Bros., which has been undergoing several cuts and cancellations following its merger with Discovery back in May. The Degrassi reboot was among several projects recently canceled, according to WSJ’s report, as part of cuts made to HBO Max projects aimed at children and teens, including a Charlotte’s Web remake.
The Degrassi reboot was in development by Lara Azzopardi and Julia Cohen, who had writing credits on the series, while co-creator Linda Schuyler and executive producer Stephen Stohn would not be returning, saying it was the time to “pass the baton” to new leadership.
The Degrassi series began in 1979 with The Kids of Degrassi Street, which would go on to produce several series in its teen drama framework, such as Degrassi: The Next Generation and Degrassi: Next Class, the latter of which was the last series to carry the name when it was canceled in 2017. Though the franchise originated in Canada, it would go on to find international success and syndication outside of its home country.
Degrassi is one of several casualties in the past few months during the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, as the entire process has resulted in cancellations of projects like the Batgirl film and much of the DC television universe, as well as lay-offs within subsidiaries like HBO.
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Source: IGN.com HBO Max Cancels its Degrassi Reboot