20th Century Fox Television has announced that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is getting a reboot that will be executive produced by Joss Whedon. A network has yet to be announced, but Whedon is currently working with Monica Owusu-Breen to write the script. The reboot will be taking a different approach this time around in having a black actress portray the titular character, according to the new report. In addition to the return of Whedon, Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Fran Kazui, and Kaz Kazui, who produced the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie that inspired the TV series, will also serve as executive producers on the new series.
Talks of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot started last fall and it is believed that Fox TV is going to pitch the new reboot to streaming services as well as networks to see if there is any potential interest in the series. There has been a lot of discussion about a potential reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for years, so it seems that Fox will have no problem finding a home for the new show. However, it is unclear how much more involvement in the series that Joss Whedon will have due to his busy schedule.
While it was easy to move forward with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot after Monica Owusu-Breen was tapped to write the script with Joss Whedon, a director has yet to be chosen. It seems that the reboot is only in the infancy stage of development at this time, especially since a cast has yet to be determined as well. While details are scarce, it's believed that the reboot will tackle the source material but in modern day, which will "build on the mythology of the original."
The original Buffy the Vampire series lasted for 7 seasons on the WB network from 1997 to 2003. After the show came to an end, the story continued in comic book form. The show was constantly praised by fans and critics, even hailed as one of the greatest television shows of all time by some, so a reboot, while welcome by many, might not be the best news for fans who adored the original show back when it first aired over 20 years ago.
Back in March of 2017, Joss Whedon was asked about the possibility of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot. The writer/director wouldn't rule the idea out, but he revealed that he had "fear" over the idea. Well, that fear looks to have dissipated in the year since that last interview. Whedon's fear is the same one that all of the fans have about seeing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot: how will it ever stack up to the original series? There's a lot to live up to, but at least Whedon is on board to give his blessing. This is a developing story and more news is expected to drop soon. You can read more about the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot at The Hollywood Reporter.