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In response to fan backlash, the new showrunner has since confirmed on Twitter that it will be a sequel, not a remake, focusing on a new Slayer:(CNN) - Buffy lives.
The supernatural drama "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" will be getting a reboot with an African-American actress in the lead role, a Fox 21 Television Studios spokesperson confirmed to CNN.
"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," producers on the project told Deadline, which first reported news of the "Buffy" reboot.
Based on the 1992 film of the same name, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" originally ran from 1996 to 2003 on WB and later UPN.
Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in the title role as Buffy Summers.
No actors have been cast in the series reboot yet.
Showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen has signed on to oversee the project. Director Joss Whedon, who created original series, will return to executive produce.
In addition to Gellar, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" catapulted the careers of actors David Boreanaz, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Nicholas Brendon, James Marsters and Anthony Stewart Head.
It's unclear if any of the original cast members will be part of the new project.
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Perhaps this will appease the knee-jerk anti-reboot crowd (though I doubt it). Personally, though, from the point of view of someone worrying that the new show will "ruin" the original, I'd think a remake would be preferable, as it would be its own separate continuity, while a remake could damage the original series' canon retroactively. I will say that Breen being a long-time fan doesn't make me feel reassured at all- the opposite, actually. Hard-core fans bring baggage and axes to grind and rose-tinted glasses. What's important is not that the show runner is a fan- its that they're a competent professional. As to whether that's true of Breen, I can't say.Monica Owusu Breen wrote: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, twenty 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.
I'm also worried that they didn't make this clear in the initial release. I already feel like they're half-assing the PR on this, though of course that says nothing about the ultimate quality of the show.
Beyond that issue, I have a few thoughts.
First, lets' get this out of the way now: Yes, some people will whine about "SJWs ruining it" because they're casting a black woman. But let's be honest: Buffy (more than most) was never an "a-political" show, and while it is rather behind the times now, it was an icon for feminism and the LGBT community in its day. So if you're the sort of person who's scared by progressive casting, this is not and was never the franchise for you.
Secondly, I'm curious as to whether Buffy will appear in the show at all (I don't see how they can call it "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" if there's no Buffy). Personally, I'd love an older Buffy in the Watcher/Mentor role to a new slayer. But Gellar has been at best ambivalent over the years about whether she'd be interested in reprising the role.
Third, I'm curious as to the extent of Whedon's involvement. Apparently he's on board as executive producer, but not as showrunner, and IIRC, executive producer can mean anything from "Main controlling influence behind the project" to "Cashes a paycheque for lending their permission/name to the project". Now, Whedon's reputation has been somewhat tarnished of late, due to the mixed response to Age of Ultron and his falling out with Marvel (in my opinion largely undeserved), and (much more deservedly) due to the accusations from his ex-wife that he used his feminist politics as a cover for cheating on her:
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However, he's still a talented writer and director, its still his world, and a number of the cast have previously made it clear they'd have no interest in a return without Whedon.
Well, I'll be following this with interest, though I do wish it was being made by any network other than the Quisling Corporation- um, Fox.
Also, I feel like this is probably a make-or-break moment for Whedon. As I noted above, his reputation has suffered lately, and he's had no major project since Avengers: Age of Ultron, which received mixed reviews, and his subsequent break with Marvel. If they pull this off, he might restore some of his old reputation. If not, then this will probably be the last nail in the coffin of his career.