This is not a drill. It’s officially happening! It’s been 15 years since the show has been off the air, but now, Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be getting a reboot!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired from 1997 through 2003 and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, Nicholas Brendon, Charisma Carpenter, James Marsters and Eliza Dushku. During its time on air, the series earned a huge fan following. The series was (and still is) so popular that there have been discussions recently regarding a potential reboot or revival. In a recent interview, Fox TV group chair Gary Newman said that while a Buffy reboot is a frequent hot topic of conversation, a reboot or revival will only come about when creator Joss Whedon is ready. He said:
“I think if you look in our library, ‘Buffy’ is probably the most ripe show we have for bringing back. It’s something we talk about frequently, and Joss Whedon is really one of the greatest creators we ever worked with. When Joss decides it’s time, we’ll do it. And until Joss decides it’s time, it won’t happen.”
That time is now! The Buffy reboot is in development at Fox 21 TV Studios (a division of 20th Century Fox TV) and Whedon is back for the rebooted series, this time as executive producer along with original series’ executive producers Gail Berman, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui as well as Joe Earley from Berman’s Jackal Group. Midnight, Texas creator Monica Owusu-Breen is onboard to write and executive produce the series. She will also be the showrunner.
While details are still scarce, we do know the reboot will be a new, contemporary version which still honors the mythology of the original series. The producers of the series describe the reboot as follows: “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.”
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