Lena Dunham Gives Her Take on a 'Girls' TV Reboot

Girls has been off the air for five years, but creator and star Lena Dunham has had her say on rebooting the show.

Dunham has a new movie coming out, Sharp Stick, which she wrote and directed. While promoting it, she fielded questions about the HBO show in which she made her name — Girls.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the topic of a reboot came about during a discussion about the new iteration of Sex and the City, And Just Like That. Dunham admits she's thrilled to see those characters back together. "It was such a pleasure to see those women back together and to see them take on middle-age sexuality," Dunham said. "For me those women can do no wrong."

When it comes to the possibility of rebooting Girls in a similar vein, Dunham didn't dismiss the idea, but acknowledged that such a project wouldn't be happening any time soon.

"We all recognize it's not time yet. I want it to be at a moment when the characters' lives have really changed. Right now, everyone would just be wanting to see Kylo Ren." Dunham was referring to superstar Adam Driver, who was a main cast member on Girls.

The powers that be at Girls' broadcast network agree with Dunham's sentiment. Chief Content Officer at HBO and HBO Max Casey Bloys echoed Dunham by saying: "As proud of the show as we are, there aren't any plans to bring Girls back. It's great to know new viewers will continue to discover the [original] series."

HBO announced in January 2016 that the sixth season of Girls would be its last. It aired the following year, with the finale playing on April 16, 2017. We're already approaching the fifth anniversary of the end of Girls.

Sharp Stick

Moving on from Girls to write and direct her first feature film in over a decade, Dunham's upcoming film is called Sharp Stick.

The movie, which was shot in early 2021 with an all-female crew, is premiering virtually at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on January 22.

Dunham plays a role in Sharp Stick, but The Society actress Kristine Froseth plays the lead Sarah Jo. Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Aytypical), Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), Scott Speedman (Grey's Anatomy) and Tommy Dorfman (13 Reasons Why) all star in the movie too.

Dunham's husband, Luis Felber, provided the score for Sharp Stick, and he has done so again on Dunham's next movie, medieval comedy movie Catherine, Called Birdy.

Girls cast in 2017
The cast of "Girls" from left to right: Allison Williams, Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke. Pictured during the press tour for the final season of "Girls" in 2017. Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic