Just days after Jamie Lynn Spears confirmed that she and Nickelodeon have been “having conversations” about a Zoey 101 reboot, the actress has opened up about why she wants the show to be “more mature.”
“Everything and anything is on the table, whether that’s a movie or a series. In all of the discussions I’ve had with Nickelodeon — which are in baby stages, by the way — the main thing is figuring out the right home for the reboot. We couldn’t do it justice by putting it back on Nickelodeon, because our fanbase has grown into young adults like me,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “We want to tell stories about where the characters are now. We want to connect with the fans and touch on topics that are impacting millennials, so it would have to be aged up and be more mature.”
“I couldn’t play Zoey today without some type of connection to who I am now,” she blonde beauty continued. “She grew up, and so did I. You need that freedom to explore where the character would be.”
The 29-year-old also got real about what she thinks her character, Zoey Brooks, would be now.
“We know she’s in charge of something. She’s a boss of some type. On Nick, Zoey was the problem solver and the good-at-everything girl. But we need to add some depth to her,” she dished. “She and Chase [Matthews] would definitely have some type of tangled love story. I don’t think they would have just left PCA and gotten married. Maybe Zoey would be working in fashion in some capacity.”
“I really can’t wait to get the ball rolling — once quarantine is over, of course,” the Sweet Magnolias star concluded.
Previously, Jamie told Maria Menounos during a recent interview, “I definitely think we should give the fans what they’ve been asking for. We’ve had conversations, and hopefully things will come together quickly, but we also want to do things the right way, and find the right home for it… I would like it [to go Netflix]. That’s the business side. Do I call Netflix? … I want it to happen. I’ve had conversations with people at Nickelodeon. I think it’s just about, hey Netflix, call your people! I’ll have your people call me people!”
“[Everyone’s] down to do it, it’s just about figuring out the right way to do it. It has to be them as young adults, we can’t go back and try to make it a PG show, it has to relate to our fans now like it did for them then,” she also explained to Chicks in the Office.
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