Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot showrunner responds to the outcry


After the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot was met with resounding criticism, the new showrunner has taken the time to respond to fans.

When news officially broke, it seemed like the new series would be a hard reboot to one of the most beloved shows of all time. However, Monica Owusu-Breen took to Twitter to clear up some of the confusion. While most fans are still skeptical of bringing Buffy the Vampire Slayer back to the air, there’s certainly a warmer reception to a spin-off revival compared to a whole new buffy.

One of the biggest complaints about a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot was doing a disservice to Sarah Michelle Gellar by simply recasting her iconic character. However, Owusu-Breen’s comments imply her series will not make an attempt to simply throw new actors into these infamous roles.

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There are plenty of directions the new Buffy series could go without needing to touch on the original. Before Buffy’s tenure as the slayer, there was one per generation who could make a compelling protagonist. Not to mention, slayers now roam the world after season seven so anyone of them could take over as the hero of this story.

However, early reports all seem to confirm this was going to be a reboot. One has to wonder if the public outcry was enough to have the creative forces behind the show decide to change the direction. Considering the Charmed reboot has been on the defensive since getting announced, this might have been the smartest thing the development team could have done.

Yet, this Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off/revival still has plenty of hurdles to clear. For starters, Joss Whedon’s writing is what made the original so infamous and it’s hard to imagine a series where he isn’t at the helm. Yes, he’s busy with his new HBO show, The Nevers, but Buffy has always been a passion project for him and it’s a little weird he would hand over control.

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The other big hurdle is whether this is truly the right time for a Buffy return. A large part of why the show was so successful was because it was extremely progressive and innovate at the time. Years later, plenty of shows have adapted Whedon’s quick and quippy dialogue while others have tried his experimental sequences. It seems like any show now would have difficulty keeping up in an era where television is at an all-time high.

Nonetheless, here’s hoping the spin-off does find success. While it does have a steeper hill to climb compared to other series, there’s definitely a section of the fandom who have been hoping to see a continuation of the show. It’s expected to be pitched to streaming services and networks later this summer, so fans will know soon enough if a Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe will be back on screens soon.

Source: The Verge