Posted in: HBO, Max, Preview, TV | Tagged: , , , , ,

Euphoria Season 3 Will See "Same Core Cast" Returning, Time Jump

Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO of HBO and Max content, offered an update on the third season of Sam Levinson's Zendaya-starring Euphoria.

To say it's been a long and winding road for the third season of Sam Levinson's Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney & Colman Domingo-starring Euphoria would be putting it as mildly as possible – as outlined by reporting from earlier this year (more on that in a minute). Though no filming/production window has been confirmed and the show's cast has been given the green light to pursue other projects in the interim, Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO of HBO and Max content, offered an update on how things are progressing during an interview with Variety.

"[Series Creator/Writer] Sam [Levinson] is working on it. There's been a lot of back and forth … One of the issues I think that Sam is thinking about is that he doesn't want to have it in high school anymore. That's where it was set and what made sense then. So when you take it out of that, there's a lot of back and forth about where to set it and how far in the future to set it and all that stuff," Bloys shared. "But I think he's got a take that he's excited about, and he's busy writing." When asked if the "main cast" (Zendaya, Schafer, Sweeney, and Jacob Elordi were named in the question) would be back and if they would consider continuing on with a different cast, Bloys responded, "It's the same core cast."

Image: HBO

Here's a look back at Zendaya discussing the show's future, followed by what co-star Storm Reid had to share regarding her "confidence" in a third season happening:

Euphoria Season 3: What Was Reported…

In March, Variety went live with an exclusive report ("The Fight to Save 'Euphoria': Inside Rewrites, Reimagining Zendaya's Rue and a Time Jump for Season 3") offering insights into what went into the decision, a timeline regarding script submissions, and much more. To be clear, what the report covers comes from unnamed sources, so keep that in mind moving forward. Here's a look at the highlights:

Winter 2023: Levinson pitches his plan for Season 3 – a five-year time jump into the future that reportedly featured "meaty arcs" for Sweeney and Jacob Elordi – with HBO liking what it's seeing. In addition, it's reported that Zendaya's Rue was positioned for more of a background role – with the article claiming that her storyline would involve her becoming a private detective.

Post-WGA Strike: Reportedly, Zendaya wasn't impressed with the direction that the full scripts were taking the season. Being the star & executive producer and sharing a close creative relationship with Levinson, Zendaya reportedly shared with Levinson her vision of where the third season should be heading. In addition, it's reported that the deaths of series star Angus Cloud (who was set to play a major role in the season's plans) and producer Kevin Turen added to the delays.

Late 2023/Early 2024: Levinson's revised scripts – which included a new, meatier arc for Rue – didn't exactly impress HBO, with reports that the scripts didn't fit the show "tonally." Reportedly, Zendaya pitched a storyline that would've seen a sober, twentysomething Rue serving as a pregnancy surrogate.

Other Options: The report claims that HBO considered (but abandoned) a number of other options – including movies, specials, and even the possibility of Levinson stepping away from the series or bringing aboard additional writers.

A Possible Deadline? Though Zendaya has reportedly not yet read any of Levinson's newest scripts, HBO and the show's cast reportedly remain committed to a third season. The article claims that HBO is set to come back to the cast on October 1st with a game plan to have filming start in 2025. The shoot would be expected to run for 25 weeks, with the season possibly dropping from eight to six episodes (though HBO is apparently open to more episodes based on Levinson's finished scripts). One last thing that the article makes clear: after what went down with The Idol, HBO won't be moving forward without completed scripts.

Enjoyed this? Please share on social media!

Stay up-to-date and support the site by following Bleeding Cool on Google News today!

Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
Comments will load 20 seconds after page. Click here to load them now.