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

Sarah Michelle Gellar as the original TV Buffy.
Sarah Michelle Gellar as the original TV Buffy.
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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. What may be weirdest is that this is not news that came from Comic-Con.

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Monica Owusu-Breen, whose previous writing credits include Alias, Charmed, and Agents of SHIELD, is on board to write the new take on the character. The report also indicates that, while no casting decisions have been made yet, the plan is to cast Buffy as a black woman, with emphasis placed on a diverse cast in general, according to sources that spoke to THR.

Still in development, the new Buffy also has Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Franz Kazui, and Kaz Kazui on board in production roles. There’s no network as of yet, and pitching for the series will begin later this summer.

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Rumors of a Buffy reboot have been floating around for a while, with Fox CEO Gary Newman mentioning its potential for a revival as recently as March, calling it “our most ripe show for a remake.” Apparently, others, including Joss Whedon, agreed with him. No word yet on when we might see the new and questionably improved Buffy, but we’ll certainly keep you posted.

io9 Weekend Editor. Videogame writer at other places. Queer nerd girl.

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DISCUSSION

numberthirteen
numberthirteen

Why reboot this as “Buffy” at all?

Didn’t the original show establish that there were multiple Slayers? I can’t remember her name, but I’m sure there was a non-white one that turned up at some point as well (my memory sucks on this, apologies).

So why not just have a whole new series; “Okoye The Vampire Slayer” or whatever, with a WoC playing a new character, but as a continuation of the legacy of what was a great show, rather than rebooting it?

You can then have something cool like maybe someone from the original run fills in briefly when the new Slayer’s Watcher is incapacitated in some manner, that sort of thing?

Am I just being totally nuts here? I’m just so fed up of reboots to things that could just as easily be sequels and allow for the original universe’s stories to have continued in some manner.