Katie Holmes Discusses the Possibility of a ‘Dawson’s Creek’ Reboot
During an interview following the premiere of her latest acting, writing, and directing project, Alone Together, Katie Holmes discussed whether or not she’d reprise her role in a Dawson’s Creek reboot. Dawson’s Creek was a staple of 90s television and many fans would love to see a revival in some shape or form.
With shows like That ‘70s Show getting a reboot as That ‘90s Show, it isn’t out of the question that this series could see a similar spinoff. So would Katie Holmes return to play Joey Potter once again?
Here’s what she has to say about a possible reboot of Dawson’s Creek and whether or not she wants to be a part of it.
Would Katie Holmes Return in a Dawson’s Creek Reboot?
Katie Holmes looks back at her time on Dawson’s Creek fondly. She feels as though the series captured the 90s well and told a compelling story.
And that’s exactly why she doesn’t want to star in a reboot.
She doesn’t want to mess with a good thing, especially something so rooted in a particular era. When asked about the possibility of a reboot, she laughed and said, “No. I’m so grateful for that experience. We’ve definitely talked about it over the years, but I feel like that show captured that time period and that time in all of our lives. So I think it’s great that you are nostalgic for it. So am I. But it’s like, do we want to see them not at that age? I don’t know. I don’t think [so]. We all decided we don’t actually.”
What Do Other Dawson’s Creek Actors Think?
But she isn’t the only person in the cast. Mary-Margaret Humes spoke out in 2021 that she not only wanted to see a reboot, she actually wrote out a concept as well. She admitted that “There has been a secret text message going around among all we actors…Katie Holmes and I have talked about it extensively. James Van Der Beek and I have talked about it.”
So that must be the discussion Katie Holmes was referring to. However, Holmes doesn’t seem to have the same enthusiasm as Humes. Humes said, “I actually wrote like, 190 pages of an idea for a crossover to a reboot…Whether it goes anywhere, I don’t know. But there’s certainly a lot of buzz about it.”
So if Katie Holmes isn’t interested, is there a possibility for a reboot that goes on without her? Would Humes be willing to write Joey Potter out of the script? Only time can tell if the show is truly finished.
You never know if an actor will change their mind about returning to a certain character. In 2016, Wilmer Valderrama emphatically told fans of That ‘70s Show that “Fez will never happen again,” referring to his character on the show. But as of 2022, he’s slated to return as Fez on That ‘90s Show.
Perhaps Katie Holmes will have a similar change of heart.
Remembering Dawson’s Creek
Dawson’s Creek first hit the airwaves on January 20, 1998. It ran for 6 seasons, totaling 128 episodes by the end of its run on May 14, 2003.
The show centered on Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek), a teen who dreams of becoming a director just like his idol, Steven Spielberg. He was best friends with Joey Potter (Katie Holmes), the tomboy who lived down the creek. Dawson struggles with his attraction between Jen (Michelle Williams) and Joey over the years.
This plotline set the stage for the popular love triangle set-up used in modern media when Joey started having feelings for Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson). Writer Jeffrey Stepakoff literally drew a triangle on a white board to illustrate the new plot point, or as he referred to it, “a story engine, a dramatic problem that would create many other stories.” The love triangle gave the show more content to fill episodes beyond Season 1.
Katie Holmes’s Joey Potter was a headstrong and determined young girl who was friends with Dawson for years before they grew romantically entwined. Joey experienced a number of traumatic experiences that she had to come to terms with as she grew up.
It’s angsty, it’s romantic, and it’s a classing coming-of-age in the 90s story. Whether or not it would have legs to survive in the 2020s is up for debate. Would the characters still be interesting when they’re over 20 years older? What if it followed the storyline of the main characters’ kids growing up in Capeside?
We can’t say for sure if a reboot will or won’t happen. Only time will tell if a new network wants to pick up the story where it left off in 2003.