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

Lula Sharp
July 21, 2018

In the new iteration of the enduring "teen-girl-turned-monster-stabber" role, the character played by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the initial Buffy iteration that ran from 1997 to 2003 will be portrayed by a black actress.

By all indications the Buffy reboot is meant to be a TV series though it is not attached to any network or streaming service yet.

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.

In a move that should be concerning for vampires everywhere, Buffy is coming back, According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is in the works at 20th Century Fox, with creator Joss Whedon attached to executive produce. She also developed and served as showrunner on Midnight, Texas at NBC, but departed the show after one season. The show is going to be pitched to networks this summer, and while there's no official script quite yet, the reboot is said to be "be contemporary, building on the mythology of the original".

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"I wish I had this when I was younger, but I'm still able to appreciate it now", wrote one.

Fan reactions on social media ranged from elated to furious.

Whedon has been vocal about a possible Buffy reboot since 2017. No word yet on when we might see the new and questionably improved Buffy, but we'll certainly keep you posted. This is a developing story and more news is expected to drop soon.

Joss Whedon's classic network teen horror dramedy Buffy the Vampire Slayer is getting a reboot. It's unclear which network - or streaming station - the reboot may premiere on; potential release dates weren't provided, either.

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