Cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer is getting a reboot….kind of.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is easily one of the most beloved shows from the turn of the millennium. Spanning seven seasons, BtVS, brough in a new wave of supernatural themed dramas that paved the way for shows like Charmed, Supernatural, and other vampire-driven plotlines. Those trends can be felt today with the continued success of such shows.
The show created a fresh and relevant atmosphere for teenagers, weaving tales of the mystical in with normal teenage issues like sex, friendships, school, and growing up. Creator and showrunner, Joss Whedon, wanted to offer a powerful female archetype to encourage girls to see their potential.
The show continues to be a fan favorite, getting lots of attention from conventions, social media, etc. After the show ended it’s run on TV, the series continued in comic form, given longevity to the characters’ stories.
News came out last week that a new writer/director, Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, Texas), is working on a reboot of the series. Fan response was mixed initially as they believed a Buffy reboot would mean recasting the iconic character(s). However, Owusu-Breen clarified her intentions on Twitter stating that there is “only one Buffy” and extended that belief to the main cast of Xander, Willow, Giles, etc.
Fans are wary of anyone tampering with their beloved Buffy-verse. The IP has a history of poor treatment, as it was originally produced as a feature film with Kristy Swanson in the titular role. The film was great for a supernatural rom-com, but lacked the depth and the darkness writer, Whedon, intended. When he became able, he produced the series with his original vision setting the tone. The success of the show over-shadowed the movie quickly and proved that Whedon’s instincts for the character’s relevance were spot on. Fans felt equally wary about this new show further diluting the strength of the original intent.
Now that Owusu-Breen has clarified the intent as more “sequel” than “reboot” fans are more open to allowing her vision for the Slayer. The way the original series ended had a lot of potential in creating new Slayers with different stories. The plan for the new slayer cast will be focused on diversity. However, there is always the chance for cameos of the original cast. James Marsters (Spike) spoke today about how he’d happily revisit his old “feeding grounds.” Theres no more information as to whether the show will take place in Sunnydale, where the new slayer will be in the Whedon timeline, or how much involvement Whedon (executive producer) will have.