We don’t wanna wait! Dawson’s Creek captured the hearts of its viewers when it originally aired on The WB — and many fans want the cast to reunite for a potential reboot.
The show — which ran for six seasons from 1998 to 2003 — starred James Van Der Beek as the titular character, Dawson Leery. The teen drama followed the lives of Dawson and his friends, played by Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson and Michelle Williams, as they grew up in the small town of Capeside.
The series was created by Kevin Williamson, who based the premise on his own childhood experiences in a small town. In August 2019, the TV writer admitted that there were talks about potentially revisiting the iconic show, but nothing was set in stone.
“We keep talking about it, but no, as of now, it’s not in the pipeline,” Williamson said during the TV Critics’ Association summer press tour. “We kind of ended it. The last episode was five years in the future. We put a nice button to it. Jen [Williams’ character] died. What are we going to do? We’ve talked about it, but until we can find a reason to do it … We come up with ideas, but no, as of now, no.”
While the Scream writer reminded everyone what happened in the series finale, Williams isn’t letting her character’s death stop her from possibly appearing in a spinoff. During an April 2016 appearance on Today, the Oscar nominee offered some suggestions on how she could potentially reprise her role.
“I would have to come back as a ghost — or put a lot of filters on the camera, and I’ll do flashback scenes,” she said at the time. “I think it’s a fun thing to sort of imagine. I like imagining it.”
Despite Williams’ excitement about maybe getting the gang back together, some of her former castmates aren’t on the same page. Holmes, for her part, weighed in on why she thought a revival wouldn’t work in this day and age.
“It was before the internet really took over,” the First Daughter star explained to Screen Rant in July 2022. “It was before iPhones, it was before this kind of new form of communication, and it had this certain feeling that was of the ’90s. I don’t think that in today’s world, you could achieve that same kind of feeling.”
One year later, Holmes confirmed to Variety that there had been “discussions” about a reboot but echoed her feelings about how it may not work well in the modern era.
“There have been many discussions over the years. We all loved the experience,” she said in May 2023. “There’s a protection that comes along with the discussion. The show was a time capsule. To put it into today’s world might tarnish it a little bit. It was right before everyone had a phone and social media and all of that, so there was an innocence that was there between the characters that was one of the things I think people liked about the show. To put it into the setting of today’s world, I’m not sure.”
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James Van Der Beek
“I don’t know … I just don’t know that there’s really anything to do, to be honest with you. It’s weird even to talk about it,” the Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23 alum said during a 2013 interview on The Morning Show. “It’s something I did so long ago. I’m very flattered when people say they connected to it or they watched it and had some effect on them but I don’t know. … It’s something I feel a real distance from, to be honest.”
“It’s been a really long time. And I think for anyone who was actually a fan of Dawson’s, to actually see the four of us on camera again, might be a little bit shocking and heartbreaking. … We are not cute kids anymore,” the Fatal Attraction star told Ellen DeGeneres while appearing on her talk show in December 2016. “It’s been a long time. I mean, we’re holding up OK, but I think if you put the four of us now next to the four of us then, it might be a little shocking.”
“I think it’s a fun thing to sort of imagine. I like imagining it,” the Greatest Showman actress confessed in April 2016. “But I haven’t really heard anybody say anything, like, actually serious about that happening.”
“There have been many discussions over the years. We all loved the experience,” the Batman Begins star told Variety in May 2023. “There’s a protection that comes along with the discussion. The show was a time capsule.
To put it into today’s world might tarnish it a little bit. It was right before everyone had a phone and social media and all of that, so there was an innocence that was there between the characters that was one of the things I think people liked about the show. To put it into the setting of today’s world, I’m not sure.”
The Cougar Town alum exclusively spoke to Us Weekly about why she was not interested in potentially reprising her role as Audrey Liddell.
“No, I wasn’t even in the finale, [I] was barely on the show,” she joked in May 2017. “I totally appreciate, though, that it means a lot to a lot of people and that they really love it!”
The Cruel Intentions 3 actor — who played Williams’ best friend on the teen drama — offered a creative idea on how the Fablemans actress could come back to the show after her character’s demise. “You can play your child that we’re raising, that’s now grown up. So you’re in,” he suggested during a March 2018 interview with Entertainment Weekly alongside Williams, Van Der Beek, Holmes and Jackson.
“We keep talking about it, but no, as of now, it’s not in the pipeline,” the writer explained in 2019. “We kind of ended it. The last episode was five years in the future. We put a nice button to it. Jen [Williams’ character] died. What are we going to do? We’ve talked about it, but until we can find a reason to do it … We come up with ideas, but no, as of now, no.”
“There is actual secret talk, like, fingers crossed. I don’t know anything more than anybody else, but there has been a group text going around saying, ‘Maybe it’s time,’” the Two Tickets to Paradise actress revealed to Us in May 2019.
John Wesley Shipp
“Whether or not I’m involved, I would like to see a revisiting of something. It can’t be what it was, because clearly we have the internet,” the Flash alum — whose character died in season 5 — exclusively told Us in May 2019. “Are we going to do a period piece? No, but I think people want to see the kids, everybody 15, 20 years later, relating to each other in the current environment.”