‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Reboot In The Works With Joss Whedon & Monica Owusu-Breen
Various reports have appeared online this weekend that there is a ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ reboot in the works again…
This new version comes Monica Owusu-Breen (‘Midnight, Texas’, ‘Agents Of SHIELD’) who would write the series and serve as showrunner. Original show creator, Joss Whedon, would be exec producer and is working with Owusu-Breen on the script. The main twist with the new iteration would be that they are looking for an African-American actress for the lead role.
The show would build on the mythology of the original series, and according to the producers, “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 idea of rebooting our beloved ‘Buffy’ have been around since 2010, when original producers, Fran and Kaz Kuzui, talked about rebooting it without Joss. Thankfully, that version never went anywhere. ‘Buffy’ has an interesting history, given that it started out as a low-budget movie, written but not directed by Joss. He then went on to create the infinitely superior tv series which spawned the spin-off ‘Angel’, and a host of comic books.
Currently, there is no network attached, but it will be shopped around to cable tv and streaming services later in the Summer by producers, 20th Century Fox TV, who hold the rights to the show. Original show producers Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Fran and Kaz Kazui will serve as producers on the new show as well.
Whilst we’d much rather have a show which is a direct continuation of the Buffyverse, not a complete reboot, it is encouraging to see Joss involved with the series. Monica Owusu-Breen is also a good pick to shepherd the show. She’s previously worked on ‘Midnight, Texas’, ‘Agents Of SHIELD’, ‘Fringe’, ‘Alias’ and ‘Charmed’, so is someone who knows a thing or two about genre tv shows.
The ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ reboot is still in the early stages at the moment, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.