Rumors of a Summerland reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Thursday (December 3) as reports claimed that The WB confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2021.
UPDATE 04/12/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 16 years since Summerland first aired?! (16 years, 6 months, 2 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did Summerland end?
When Summerland came to an end after 2 years in July 2005, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Cameron Bale (Zac Efron). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a Summerland reunion disappoint people?
Summerland aired from 2004-2005 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But Efron said he's not sure if Summerland would work today. “I don't want to see old Cameron Bale,” he told a journalist (Efron turned 33 in October). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” he added.
Still hoping for a Summerland movie?
In a recent interview, Shawn Christian (who played Johnny Durant) said he can't imagine a Summerland reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Kay Panabaker (who played Nikki Westerly) has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a Summerland movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a Summerland film, Zac Efron stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a Summerland reboot?
Recasting Summerland for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a Summerland reunion, a Summerland movie, or a Summerland reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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