Buffy The Vampire Slayer Is Getting A Reboot

by : Emily Brown on : 21 Jul 2018 18:48
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Vampires are coming back and they need to be slayed. No, it’s not another Twilight movie, it’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer. 

The well-loved supernatural television show Buffy The Vampire Slayer is being rebooted, with a new slayer stepping up to take over the role from Sarah Michelle Gellar.


Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a hit when it was released in 1997, running for six years and gaining a number of awards and nominations.

According to Deadline, a new series of the show is in the works with Fox 21 TV Studios.

The creator of the original series, Joss Whedon, is set to work as an executive producer on the reboot, with Monica Owusu-Breen in line to write the episodes.


The reboot will build on the mythology put forward in the original series, and will bring the show into a contemporary setting.

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One of the producers of the new Buffy explained how they might try to address issues and reflect the world today through the show.

They said:


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.

There are rumours that the producers are intending for Sarah Michelle Gellar’s replacement to be African American, though this has not yet been confirmed as the production is still in very early stages.

The idea to reboot the show was reportedly originally raised towards the end of last year, but creators knew that a good writer was needed to do the show justice.

Hopefully Owusu-Breen will do a good job, because original Buffy The Vampire Slayer fans don’t seem to be too impressed with the prospect of its comeback, with many taking to social media to share their outrage.

Buffy The Vampire SlayerMutant Enemy

One wrote:

Leave #BuffyTheVampireSlayer alone you greedy a** people?! This show should not be tainted by some bulls**t reboot that will never come close to the iconic original?! Have some respect for f**k sake?!

Another said:


I’m sorry but I’m gonna remember #BuffyTheVampireSlayer for what it was back in the old days! It’s a no for me on this reboot!!

A third commented:

seriously? You want to remake it? PLEASE JUST DO NOT embarrass yourself Mr.Whedon. I’m usually an open minded person but BUFFY IS JUST 1 and also the whole team of actors were unique! BAD MOVE! I’m not watching…

Other fans are calling for a continuation of the show from where it was left with Sarah Michelle Gellar, rather than trying to recreate the story that has already been told.

One person said:

I’d rather see a continuation from after the hell mouth closed. A new slayer awakening, new storylines and characters.. Leave the Original Buffy Series as is..it doesn’t need a reboot. #buffyreboot


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Maybe the reboot of Buffy will just have to be aimed at a new generation of supernatural fans – ones who haven’t already been won over by the original series.

The new cast definitely have some big vampire slaying boots to fill.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: Film and TV


  1. Deadline

    ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Series Reboot With Black Lead In Works From Monica Owusu-Breen & Joss Whedon