Buckle up, fans of Joss Whedon and badass teenage vampire killers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer is getting a reboot. THR reports that 20th Century Fox television has had a reboot in mind for a while now, but talks about actually putting one in motion began in the fall of 2017. Now that the studio has hired a writer for the show, things are really starting up.
Whedon has expressed apprehension about making a Buffy reboot in the past, saying, “Luckily most of my actors still look wonderful, but I’m not worried about them being creaky. I’m more worried about me being creaky as a storyteller. You don’t want that feeling that you should have left before the encore.” But with a new writer hired and the show on the way, he appears to have gotten over his earlier qualms.
Whedon will be executive producing this time around, and Monica Owusu-Breen, who worked with Whedon on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, has been hired to write and produce the series, as well as serve as its showrunner. She is credited as the writer and showrunner for a slew of other titles including Midnight, Texas. No official script has been ordered, and the show has yet to find a director or an actor to play Buffy, so things are still in early stages.
The tone of the show was vaguely described by producers who said, “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.” The producers reportedly intend on hiring an African American actor to play Buffy.
The show will be pitched to cable and streaming networks alike, as it has yet to find a network, but it should have no trouble finding interested parties since Buffy The Vampire Slayer was one of the most beloved and popular shows of its day.