Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one of creator Joss Whedon’s most beloved franchises is being rebooted for a second time.
Following the 1992 hit film with Kristy Swanson, the successful 1996 adaptation to TV series with Sarah Michelle Gellar (8 seasons), and its 1999 spinoff Angel with David Boreanaz (5 seasons), Whedon is reviving the Buffy-verse again with a black lead in the starring role, according to Deadline.
Joining Whedon is Midnight, Texas creator Monica Owusu-Breen, who is being tapped to write, co-executive produce and become showrunner of the new series. Whedon will be reunited with Gail Berman, Fran Kazui, and Kaz Kazui, who all executive produced the original series. Berman is tapping Joe Earley from her company, Jackal Group, to also executive produce.
Rather than going through the conventional broadcast networks, which saw the original series go from The WB at the start of the show’s run to UPN in its final three seasons, the new show will be pitched to SVOD streaming services and cable outlets. The new show will be contemporary and build off of the mythology of the original, according to the producers.
“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.”
There are no other specific details offered than the new slayer being African American. Many of the Buffy alum had great success following the show’s run. Gellar made numerous appearances on TV and film including co-starring with the late Robin Williams on one of his final projects on the show, The Crazy Ones. Boreanaz would find similar success most notably on Bones, which ran for 12 seasons. Seth Green, who played werewolf Oz and left during the show’s run, would make several TV and film appearances becoming a staple in the animated series Family Guy and creating the popular Robot Chicken. Alyson Hannigan, who played Willow, Buffy’s best friend, would hit sitcom gold with her nine-year run on How I Met Your Mother.
Owusu-Breen and Whedon have collaborated before on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. While Owusu-Breen is expected to take on the bulk of the show’s responsibilities, it’s not known what capacity Whedon’s influence will be given his many other projects he’s committed to. Whedon returned to TV with The Nevers on HBO and Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective (currently being developed) on Freeform after his work on major Marvel films The Avengers and its sequel, The Avengers: The Age of Ultron as well as DC’s Justice League.
Is it time right for a new Slayer with all the reboots already out there? Will any of the original cast members make an appearance? Sound off in the comments.