A Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot was announced last week at San Diego Comic-Con. Monica Owusu-Breen is set to run the new series and show creator Joss Whedon is back to produce, which was met with general excitement and then a healthy dose of skepticism. While not much is known about the reboot, it will star a woman of color in the new slayer role, which didn't sit well with some fans of the original series who would rather it not get the reboot treatment at all. Now Owusu-Breen has addressed the backlash while revealing her drive to make the best series possible.
In a new statement, Monica Owusu-Breen believes that now might be the best time to meet "a new slayer." Additionally, Owusu-Breen makes it sound like the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer won't be a true reboot, but more of an extension of the original series. While she obviously can't say anything too revealing about the reboot, she did make it abundantly clear that she has love that runs deep for the franchise. Owusu-Breen had this to say.
"For some genre writers it's Star Wars. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my Star Wars. Before I became a writer, I was a fan. For seven seasons, I watched Buffy Summers grow up, find love, kill that love. I watched her fight, and struggle and slay. There is only one Buffy. One Xander, one Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Oz, Tara, Kendra, Faith, Spike, Angel... They can't be replaced. Joss Whedon's brilliant and beautiful series can't be replicated. I wouldn't try to. But here we are, 20 years later... and the world seems a lot scarier. So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer... And that's all I can say."
There have been whispers about a potential Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot for the past few years, but it was revealed back in March of this year when Fox boss Gary Newman expressed interest, saying that they would only do it if Joss Whedon was attached. The new series is reportedly being shopped to networks and streaming services and will be a contemporary version of the show, which is said to build off of the original mythology. The reboot will also place an emphasis on diversity as well.
The original Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran for seven seasons and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, James Marsters, and David Boreanaz. The show was an instant hit and has been hailed by many as one of the best shows in television history. It's been 15 years since the show ended and hardcore fans are fiercely protective of the franchise and Joss Whedon's work, which is understandable, but now might be the time to introduce Buffy the Vampire Slayer to a new generation.
Joss Whedon and Monica Owusu-Breen are currently writing the script for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot. The task is going to be hard since there's already skepticism and it's going to be nearly impossible to capture the magic of the original series, but it seems that Owusu-Breen is ready for the challenge and ready to do the franchise the justice that it deserves. You can read the statement in response to the fan backlash along with some words of encouragement below, thanks to Monica Owusu-Breen's Twitter account.