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With another Baltimore series in the works, David Simon swats down reports of ‘The Wire’ reunion

Baltimoreans spending their quarantine rewatching “The Wire” won’t have a cast reunion to look forward to.

Show creator David Simon shot down reports Friday that the show’s cast was reuniting for another series based in Baltimore. The rumors started flying when a French publication, Society, interviewed “The Wire” co-writer George Pelecanos, who mentioned that he, Simon and other writers were coming together for another series based in Baltimore around the city’s police department.

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But as that report went from one language to another, others began circling that the cast was also involved, with the possibility that the new series would serve as a sequel to “The Wire,” which ran for five seasons on HBO from 2002 to 2008.

“Memo from the Department of Bud-Nipping: Something got lost in translation,” Simon tweeted. “George apparently told you that some Wire writers are working on a miniseries that would be based in Baltimore. True. And that story has exactly nothing to do with The Wire or any of its actors.”

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When an entity that reported the reboot followed up by mentioning it would be the same cast playing different characters, Simon doubled down on the new project being a separate story entirely.

“NOT THE SAME CAST,” Simon tweeted. “Same writers, same city. Different story, different actors. No connection to Wire universe save that it is in Baltimore and deals with law enforcement. That’s it.”

Which prompted another question from fans of the show: Why not?

“That story, over,” Simon wrote.

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