This hasn't been officially confirmed yet, but "multiple sources" are supporting the rumor, and also there's this, which feels pretty darn close to a confirmation:
DUDES. I can't confirm this. But I also can't deny this... https://t.co/KO8gA7j6Us— Lauren Graham (@thelaurengraham) October 19, 2015
So here's the nitty-gritty:
Netflix is in negotiations to revive the beloved series with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and original stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel as mother-daughter pairing Lorelai and Rory Gilmore.
According to multiple sources, Netflix is looking to approach the revival as four 90-minute movies as opposed to a 10-episode series.
Of course Netflix has the numbers to know how well this will do - Gilmore Girls has been extremely popular since the series became available to stream through the service earlier this year. Between that and the overwhelming success of ATX Television Festival's Gilmore Girls reunion in June, the time feels right.
While many of these television reunions are ill-judged and unsuccessful, the difference here is that creators/producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino are spearheading the endeavor, after being ousted, or ousting themselves, over a contract dispute before the show's final seventh season. It's always been a little unclear what happened between the showrunners and The WB, but here's what's crystal: Amy Sherman-Palladino created this world and these beloved characters, and she never got the chance to give them the farewell she intended. Netflix and Warner Bros. are now giving her that chance, and us the chance to hear those four final words she's always teased.
At the ATX reunion, the love these people still have for each other was completely manifest, and really moving to see. Everyone here wanted an opportunity to end this story the right way (though let it be said that I've always really loved the Gilmore Girls series finale, even without the Palladinos' involvement), and if sources are correct, they now have that opportunity. It's a big deal, genuinely thrilling, and while we can spend time debating who will be involved in the reunion (Melissa McCarthy is unlikely. Liza Weil? For sure.), it's heartbreaking that patriarch Richard Gilmore, played by the recently passed Edward Herrmann, won't be there to see what his cherished granddaughter has been doing since graduation. Amy Sherman-Palladino made sure that a chair was left for him onstage at the ATX reunion, and it was such a beautiful and very sad moment:
We're incredibly lucky to be able to spend some more time with Stars Hollow and these characters that have been so important to so many of us, to hear new irreverent jokes and deep-cut pop culture references spill out of Lorelai and Rory's machine gun mouths. And I'm personally not worried that the reunion will be anything less than worthy of the original show. Amy Sherman-Palladino herself said at ATX that she'd never do it otherwise:
It would have to be the right everything — the right format, the right timing. If it ever happened, I promise we’ll do it correctly.
I believe her.