For a long time, it never felt like a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot was going to happen … in part because it didn’t quite feel that there was really a demand for it. Clearly, though, times are changing.
According to a report from Deadline, Joss Whedon is now working with studio Fox 21st TV in addition to Monica Owusu-Breen of Midnight, Texas fame, who will write on the new version and serve as the primary showrunner. According to producers, the new version of the series “will be richly diverse, and like the original, some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for issues facing us all today.”
Apparently, this new iteration of the project will be pitched to a number of potential homes over the course of the coming weeks, and we’ll see precisely if it ends up finding a new destination for itself.
While it never felt like interest was all that high for a new version of Buffy, it did feel as though this is something that we were going to eventually see for one clear reason: Everything seems to be getting remade these days. We just wondered if there was really a need with Buffy because the original version of the show holds up fairly well. Yet, Owusu-Breen is a talented writer and with Joss’ involvement, it’s easy to envision a new, modernized version working. We’re cautious at the moment, but we certainly would give it a shot if it makes it to series. Much of the end result could, of course, depend on the casting.
Given that this new iteration of Buffy is still in the early stages, there is apparently an awareness that a number of things could change. Therefore, we’re not sure that any conceptual details about the show are firm as of right now.
The original Buffy (pictured above) proved to be a hit for many years on both The WB and UPN, and it made a star out of Sarah Michelle Gellar.
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