Buffy the Vampire Slayer Is Getting Rebooted, With an Emphasis on Diversity

Ruben Ruiz
July 21, 2018

"I think if you look in our library, Buffy is probably the most ripe show we have for bringing back", Newman said at the INTV Conference in March. Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, Texas) will serve as a writer, executive producer, and the series' showrunner, while Joss Whedon - the mastermind behind the Buffy movie and the long-running original TV show - is also on board as an executive producer.

In a move that should be concerning for vampires everywhere, Buffy is coming back, According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is in the works at 20th Century Fox, with creator Joss Whedon attached to executive produce.

Running from 1997 to 2003, Buffy The Vampire Slayer was the kind of show that was somehow both a cult favourite and a huge commercial success, with Sarah Michelle Gellar slaying vampires (as well as dozens of other kinds of monstrosities) before calling it a day. It's still cooking away in the development boiler (the pilot script isn't written yet), and the show idea now has to be pitched to cable networks and streaming services.

Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui will also executive produce.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a pop culture touchstone in the late 1990s and early 2000s, helping to start television's renewed association with genre programming.

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.

And apparently, Whedon has decided that it is time. Talks reportedly began in the fall of that year; THR notes that Breen's involvement pushed the project to the next stage.

Whedon's series ran for seven seasons, spawned spin-off show Angel and is still influential today.

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