HBO Max to Produce New Version of ‘Degrassi’, Series Starring Teenage Drake

Drake was one of the stars of the famous series

It was just a matter of time. The Canadian TV series that made Drake start his fame and has had a lot of success in the US, “Degrassi“, will have its own renaissance on HBO’s streaming service, HBO Max. We’re seeing a lot of shows and movies from the early 90s and onwards to the early 2000s getting a new take, whether it’s The Big One, which received a a more serious and dramatic new version, or Gossip Girl, or even comeback seasons like Showtime’s Dexter.

Degrassi itself has a long history of revivals, the show first aired as The Kids Of Degrassi Street from 1979 to 1986. After that, the show returned as Degrassi Junior High from 1987 to 1989, before evolving to Degrassi High (1989-1991), and later, its most recent incarnation (and version that included Drake), Degrassi: The Next Generation, which ran from 2001 to 2015. Drake played Jimmy on the series, who ends up getting shot and paralyzed because of it.

HBO has reportedly acquired the streaming rights to the original seasons and plans to release its revival in 2023. It will be produced by Lara Azzopardi and Julia Cohen. The series will apparently travel “deep into the hearts and homes of diverse and complicated characters as they struggle to find their new normal, searching for hope, redemption and love.”

Both Cohen and Azzopardi released a statement about the revival, expressing their gratitude for being able to revisit the series: “What excites us most about reviving this beloved franchise is turning it into a truly serialized hour-long drama.” he said. “We are honored to have the opportunity to lead this evolution and bring this iconic series back to people’s homes.”

Production is set to begin in Toronto this summer. Stay tuned as more details are revealed, including possible cast members.

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