Fox is definitely trying to bring Buffy the Vampire Slayer back from the grave, but fans are going to have to be patient. (Hey, we did get through season 6, didn’t we?)
Last month, original series creator Joss Whedon confirmed that he was working with Fringe and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD writer Monica Owusu-Breen and production company Fox on an update of the classic series that would feature an African-American slayer.
Fox Television Group co-chairman Gary Newman reaffirmed that development has started on the project at the TCA press tour on Thursday (August 2), but cautioned that it wasn’t on an “incredibly fast track”.
Instead, the network wants to give Owusu-Breen the time to come up with a concept that will do the original show justice and satisfy Buffy‘s passionate fanbase (via Deadline).
“There’s actually no script to see,” he explained. “We’ve sat down with creators and had conversations with them about it. It’s a very exciting prospect. It’s fairly early.
“We haven’t pitched it to any possible licensees yet, all of that is still to come. We’re thrilled that Joss has engaged Monica who he worked with on one of his other series. She’s the person who is day to day on it. She has a great take on the show.”
To quell some initial unrest within the Buffy fan community, Owusu-Breen recently made it clear that she had no intention of recasting characters from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series.
“There is only one Buffy. One Xander, one Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Oz, Tara, Kendra, Faith, Spike, Angel… They can’t be replaced,” she wrote to fans. “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.”
That explanation has opened the door to the possibility of the new series being a continuation of the mythology of the original Buffy, allowing it to feature the classic cast in some capacity.
Joss Whedon is currently only expected to executive produce the reboot, since he’s currently attached to write, produce and direct an HBO show called The Nevers that sounds like a Victorian-era Buffy.
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