In an AMA chat on reddit Monday, the once and future Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) dropped by to answer questions about her book — Someday, Someday, Maybe. But of course, talk immediately turned to Gilmore Girls. Like, is Scott Patterson a good kisser? (Yes.) Does she still hang out with Alexis Bledel sometimes? (Yes.) But mostly: Will there be a movie? No, seriously, when is the Gilmore Girls movie happening?
Graham didn’t announce a greenlight (her rep didn’t respond to EW‘s request for comment), but she did note, “If a movie version could be as good as we’d all want it to be, I’d love to play that character again.” Naturally, readers weren’t going to let that rest, so she also responded with a follow up, “I honestly don’t know [about a movie]. I appreciate how many have asked. That character was so special – I wonder what happens to her too!”
In this day and age, attempting to bring back cult shows is nothing new. (Thank you, Veronica Mars and Arrested Development.) But those programs were only on for a few seasons, and viewership was pretty minimal. Gilmore Girls may not have blown up the Nielsen charts, but it was a top performer on The WB (and then The CW), had a vocal fan base, and was around for seven seasons — way more time than most shows, no matter how beloved, get.
So why do so many fans feel like the story isn’t over yet?
Speaking as one of those long-term, obsessive fans, I think the rabid hope for a movie comes from wanting the magic to live on, yes, but also seeing the film as a second chance. It’s a re-do for loyal viewers who’ve watched for years with ABC Family reruns, or binged online and fell in love with Lorelai and Rory, only to feel like the rug had been ripped out from under them with a final season (sans creator Amy Sherman-Palladino) that seemed to betray the characters’ arcs. Not to mention, Gilmore Girls‘ final episode ended without the wedding. In what world did this show not end with Luke and Lorelai getting hitched?
Because it feels like a piece of the Stars Hollow puzzle is still missing, fans are still clamoring for more. But while Veronica Mars went the movie theater route, and Arrested Development went with a full other season, I feel like a TV movie version (which must be written by Sherman-Palladino) is the way to go for more Gilmore. I’d love to see an update that centers around a big event — like say, Rory’s wedding, 10 years after the events in season 7.
That’s the kind of easy, big plot point that a 90-minute catch up could tackle, and through flashbacks, we could also get a snippet of Luke/Lorelai’s wedding (that clearly took place years ago; they have a toddler, duh) and other big events, such as Rory’s life as a political reporter. A wedding at the original Dragonfly Inn (they’ve since franchised; Sookie and Lorelai are very successful), would be the perfect excuse for everyone to return and get quick, 10-year reunion-style updates, as well as conflicts that could be self-contained within the span of a weekend or so. Paris Geller has become the life coach she was always meant to be; Lane Kim is a mom/part-time rocker; Dean is a hunter, etc.
Thoughts on a GG movie, ONTD?