15 years after its series finale in 2003, Joss Whedon revealed that a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is in development. The original series ran for 7 seasons and even spawned a spin-off, Angel that was also wildly popular. Whedon and Monica Owusu-Breen, Midnight, Texas creator will be co-developing the reboot.
Whedon will be the executive producer with Owusu-Breen writing the script. They previously collaborated together on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Whedon reveals he is looking for an African-American to play the lead role and has plans to have a very diverse cast to reflect modern-day society. Also, just like the original series did, the reboot plans to use metaphoric storytelling to touch on issues we’re facing today.
As fans will recall, Buffy provided a strong, independent female lead, and with Breen as the writing helm, she should be assuredly just as strong, if not more so. Breen has written many strong female archetypes over the years including Alias, Lost, Fringe, and Charmed. All of these series had strong female leads, and many had supernatural themes as well.
Whedon plans on keeping the already established mythology of the original despite the series being a reboot with a new lead actress. To quote the series, “Into every generation a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one…” so does this mean that the reboot will be another “Buffy” or merely a true reboot? My guess is they’ll simply reboot the cast but retell Buffy’s story with a new actress.
The reboot hasn’t been sold to a network yet, but earlier rumors suggested that Fox had been discussing it for some time. According to Fox insiders, it is up to Whedon to make the final decision. Pitching of the new series will begin sometime later this summer. No word on any particular bidder, but they are exploring both traditional networks and streaming services.