Could 'Glee' Be Due for a Reboot?

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday September 16, 2021

Jane Lynch in 'Glee'
Jane Lynch in 'Glee'  (Source:Fox)

Could the Ryan Murphy-created classic "Glee" be headed for a reboot?

The iconic Fox dramedy ran for six seasons, from 2009-2015, and made a breakout star of openly LGBTQ+ actor Jane Lynch.

The president of Fox Entertainment, Michael Thorn, floated the idea of a "Glee" reboot while talking to Deadline about a potential new version of the thriller "24". Thorn told the entertainment news site "that he'd 'love to do more' 'Glee', particularly given [that] its new series 'The Big Leap' shares a DNA with the musical drama," Deadline reported.

"We always welcome celebrating our iconic shows and revisiting those with surprising takes and new approaches so, especially in this crowded market, we're always open to reinventing our best IP with some of our favorite partners," Thorn detailed.

"These comments will probably come as a surprise — and bring mixed emotions — for those who followed the original Fox dramedy, which only came to a close back in 2015," noted comicbook.com. "The series' ending, as well as the show's overall place in pop culture, have been met with an array of responses in the years since."

Whatever emotions the idea might evoke may feel a lot like reboots (or even reruns) by this point, since, as the article went on to note, this "isn't the first time that the idea of a 'Glee' reboot has been floated."

Specifically, Murphy went on "Instagram last year to suggest the idea of reimagining the pilot with Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein, neither of whom starred on the original show," comicbook.com recalled. Murphy added Lea Michele to that fantasy lineup.

Murphy detailed how he would approach a contemporary version of "Glee" with Platt, Feldstein, and Michele as stars. "Lea and Ben are frenemies who fight for the heart and soul of Glee Club. Ben is also on the football team, and pretty much sleeps with the entire school and is the heartthrob of McKinley. Beanie is their mutual best friend, and torn. Suddenly, Beanie joins forces with Sue Sylvester, joins Glee Club and becomes the main soloist and the ruthless star of the club. Lea and Ben have to then join forces to dethrone her."

"I WANT TO SHOOT THIS DO OVER PILOT. Maybe I will?" Murphy added.

Anything's possible; Platt, who starred as the teenage title character in the original Broadway run of "Dear Evan Hansen" in 2016, is reprising the role in the upcoming feature film version. For the moment, however, the idea remains a "Glee-m" in Murphy and Thorn's eyes.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.