'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Is Getting the Reboot Treatment
Everyone's favourite vampire slayer is set to make a comeback in new 'richly diverse' series.
July 21, 2018
In every generation, a slayer is born — and a new show about them, apparently. It's the reboot that was always bound to happen, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer set to head back to television. Wannabe vampire vanquishers, get your stakes ready.
Twenty-one years after the last TV version first aired, the new take will both follow in its footsteps and add something fresh to the concept — think fighting bloodsuckers and demons, of course, plus using Buffy's supernatural calling as a metaphor for broader societal issues, but in contemporary times and with a diverse cast. While the show is still in writing stage, the role of Buffy herself is being written for a black actress according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Writer Monica Owusu-Breen has been charged with the task of penning the reboot, with assistance from original writer Joss Whedon — who'll also serve as an executive producer. It's a reunion for the two, after they worked together on Marvel TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Owusu-Breen also has credits on everything from Charmed and Alias to Lost and Fringe on her resume.
As for which members of the Scooby gang will be back, which vamps will make a reappearance, if it'll be set on Sunnydale's hellmouth, if a stuffy English librarian will be involved and whether there'll be a musical episode, it's still very early days — while the project is moving ahead, it doesn't yet have a TV network or streaming platform attached.
And, if you're thinking that Buffy doesn't really need rebooting, remember that Whedon's Sarah Michelle Gellar-starring seven-season series originally remade the 1992 movie of the same name.
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