Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot in development from Midnight, Texas creator


Get ready slayers because Buffy the Vampire Slayer might be coming back.

In a new report from Deadline, it was announced that a Buffy the Vampire Slayereboot is in development from FOX 21 TV Studios. Fans naturally had very mixed reactions when the news broke, with some excited for a new generation of slayers and others angry the studio would even try to remake Buffy. However, it doesn’t sound like this new series will involve the original cast because the reboot will involve some of the mythology from the original but with different leads.

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The reboot is going to be written by Monica Owusu-Breen, the creator of NBC’s Midnight Texas, and she will also serve as an executive producer as well as showrunner. This news is probably the most controversial, considering many Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans have said they would only want to see the series come back with Joss Whedon at the helm.

Unfortunately, it sounds like Whedon will be spending a majority of his time working on his new HBO series, The Never. He will be back to serve as an executive producer for the reboot, but it doesn’t feel like Buffy without him. Considering he’s written some of the series’ best episodes, such as “Once More With Feeling” and “Hush”, as well as some of the best comic books, it’s a little disappointing to not seem him take on the reboot full-time.

While it doesn’t sound like Sarah Michelle Gellar or the rest of the cast will be returning, this reboot is trying to introduce a diverse ensemble. The producers released a statement alongside the announcement that the show is looking to cast an African-American female lead.

"“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.”"

It’s unclear what the exact storyline will be for the reboot, but the creators are expected to pitch the show to multiple networks and streaming services. Many people have thrown around the idea of a slayer from a previous generation, which could work. While other fans have asked for a live-action Fray adaptation, the popular spin-off of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics.

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Like the Charmed reboot, this show will probably remain divisive even if it’s ordered to series. Both shows are extremely popular 90’s dramas with avid fanbases. However, the largest problem with remaking Buffy is that it’s unlikely to ever come close to the original. Part of the reason the series was such a success was because it was truly innovative television at the time. It’s why there are college courses dissecting the show and Whedon’s other work. With the reemergence of genre series and the wide berth of shows with impressive female characters, a Buffy reboot seems doomed to fail.

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