From early 90’s film sleeperdom to late 90’s cult TV classic, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has lasted longer than some of her enemies and omg, according to original show producer Joss Whedon, she’s making a comeback on a yet-to-be-announced network.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter (THR) the 54-year-old Whedon announced he will work with Monica Breen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) on a script which will feature an actress of color stepping into the Kristy Swanson/Sarah Michelle Geller titular role as the kickass heroine.
Producers from the 1992 Whedon film will come on board for this prenatal reboot. The team; Fox 21 TV Studios, is going to wisely pitch the re-ignited series concept to cable and streaming channels later this summer. It’s expected to create a bidding war because it already comes furnished with millions of loyal fans and is considered one of the greatest shows on television.
There’s no word on whether Whedon will continue on with the reboot after his initial involvement.
Buffy was hailed in its day as a groundbreaking show, challenging female tropes and gender norms. Whereas the 1992 source material was more Valley Girl meets The Lost Boys, the seven-season UPN powerhouse became less a comedy and more a nighttime young adult soap.
Whedon has said in the past he was open to a reunion or a reboot, especially with its 20-year-anniversary approaching, but he remains apprehensive.
“I see a little bit of what I call monkey’s paw in these reboots,” he said. “You bring something back, and even if it’s exactly as good as it was, the experience can’t be. You’ve already experienced it, and part of what was great was going through it for the first time. You have to meet expectations and adjust it for the climate, which is not easy. Luckily most of my actors still look wonderful, but I’m not worried about them being creaky. I’m more worried about me being creaky as a storyteller. You don’t want that feeling that you should have left before the encore.”
This news comes only shortly after the announcement of another teenage serial resurrection; Charmed which also updated its Caucasian cast with more ethnic characters. The Charmed reboot is scheduled to premiere October 2018 on the WB.
No word yet on when Buffy will return to the screen.