'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' to be rebooted with black lead

Bessie Dean
July 22, 2018

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new series will be "richly diverse" and set in the present day, tackling topical issues. The reboot will be developed by Fox 21 TV Studios, which plans to pitch it to cable and streaming networks.

Joss Whedon has confirmed that the classic TV series is being rebooted, with a black actress taking on the role of Buffy - which was played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. Monica Owusu-Breen joins him as the writer, executive producer, and showrunner.

Here's a bit of breaking news, as if everything happening at San Diego Comic-Con weren't enough: after some theoretical rumblings earlier this year, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is now officially in development.

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"It's something we talk about frequently, and Joss Whedon is really one of the greatest creators we ever worked with", said Fox TV group chair Gary Newman back in March. It also produced an equally popular spinoff in Angel, which focused on David Boreanaz's titular vampire with a soul.

Whedon appeared reluctant past year to resurrect the series. The series will, the site says, "be contemporary and build on the mythology of the original". It has perhaps been long enough then, for a full reboot. Whether Whedon will have any other role other than producer and consultant remains to be seen, especially since he's busy putting the pieces together for his own new show, HBO series The Nevers. However, this may still change as details for the show get hammered out. It's going to be a bit hard to see another Buffy that isn't Sarah Michelle Geller, but honestly, I'm just happy to see more of Buffy.

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