If you grew up alongside Topanga, Cory, Shawn, Eric, and the rest of the "Boy Meets World" cast, recent news that the series was being brought back to the airwaves may have generated a bit of excitement. Original series producer Michael Jacobs is also the man behind the reboot, "Girl Meets World," and spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about what fans of the series can expect to see.
Recently, news broke that the titular "Girl" had been cast for the series, with 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard taking on the role. The producer described the process of initially looking for a 13-year-old girl for the role of Cory and Topanga's daughter, soon realizing their mistake. "When we were listening to the girls and the dialogue coming out of their mouths, we realized something was wrong. The girls seemed a little too old in aspect. We were doing a coming-of-age story and you can’t cast somebody who has already come of age. The cost of coming of age has gotten a little younger. I remembered Rowan and how I felt about her when she first came in. I felt like it was Cory Matthews walking into the room," he said.
He continued, praising the young actress' take on the role, "It was our first breath of real honesty, that this was a real girl who was actually growing up. We came to love her quirkiness and naturalness. Rowan instructed us that this is the show we should be doing."
The producer's goal for the "Girl Meets World" series is to keep the spirit of the original while still serving up something new. "If we do a redo of the original series, that’s no good," Jacobs said. "Nobody wants that... 'Boy Meets World' was always an ensemble. There is pretty much equal interest about who you would naturally term 'supporting characters.' Ben and Danielle would be the first to say that 'Boy' was always an ensemble that Ben was in the middle of with all of the stories spun out from him. Will Cory and Topanga be supporting characters? All of the characters will have their feature stories and will be paid close attention to, so hopefully the audience will love the characters the way they loved the characters on 'Boy'. You’re going to be seeing a lot of Riley Matthews because she’s the point of view of this show, but what influences her are all of the characters in her life. You are going to see very equal attention paid to Cory and Topanga and all of the other supporting cast as you would naturally term it."
Despite past cast members such as Rider Strong insisting they had not been approached to be involved in the new series, Jacobs insists that the door is open for past characters to make appearances as the show finds its voice. "When Rider said that he was not approached about being a part of the show, there actually was no official show. [At the time] it was an idea that Gary Marsh, Adam Bonnett, Corey Marsh and the Disney Channel people called me up asking if I would be interested in doing this. It just got an official green light for pilot. I didn’t want to talk to everybody about something that was only a discussion. Then the world reacted and I got a bajillion phone calls. Rider and Will Friedle and all of the cast said, 'What is this? We thought we were done!' We sat down with them and talked about what their roles on the show might be. Whoever wants to be part of this show will be and whoever wants to move on will. The most important thing is to see what the show is and then see what their part in it will be. Will Friedle said, 'I will be at every taping.' Everybody is quite attached to it. The bottom line is: Will Rider or Will be a cast member? Will they put in appearances? Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see," Jacobs explained.
"What I’m hoping is that the freshness of this will be a girl at her absolute cusp of being able to be influenced by these surrounding forces. Cory, who has been nothing but confused all his life, will try to impress upon his daughter that he knows what he’s doing now and she will see right through that," Jacobs continued. "That’s going to be one of the primary relationships within the show. Topanga’s observation and realization that neither of them know truly what they’re doing, and that it’s not an easy world to raise a child in, is what makes this show great for right now."
What do you think about the prospects of this new series?