Yes, you read that right. A Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is in development. Joss Whedon is updating his classic cult hit with writer Monica Owusu-Breen. Producer describe the reboot, “Like our world, it will be richly diverse, and like the original, some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for issues facing us all today.” Deadline reports that sources are saying the diversity of the show’s description reflects the intent to cast an African American actress as the new slayer.
Whedon wrote the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie starring Kristy Swanson. A television series with the same title debuted in 1997 staring Sarah Michelle Geller as the slayer. The show ran for seven seasons on the WB and UPN network. The cast of the television series celebrated their 20th anniversary last year.
This is the third reported series that Whedon is working on. Recently, HBO announced the straight to series of The Nevers, a sci-fi drama. And Whedon will serve as serve as showrunner, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also serving as executive producer for Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective, a half-hour comedy for Freeform.
Breen has previously worked on the Whedon produced Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She developed and served as showrunner for Midnight, Texas season one. Her writing credits include Charmed, Alias and Fringe. That’s a nice resume! Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui will also executive produce on the reboot.
I loved Buffy the movie and the series. I think its high time we got a new generation of slayer stories. Some fans may not like if the new series has new versions of the same characters, but I’m pretty sure Whedon is aware of this concern. I trust Whedon to give us something fresh without tarnishing the originals. He is the original creator after all.
Let us know what you think. Are you excited for the Buffy reboot?