Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one of the most beloved TV series of the past couple of decades, is making a comeback. The reboot of the drama is under development at Fox 21 TV Studies, the same studio behind the original series. The original Buffy ran for seven seasons on the WB and then on UPN.
The creator of Midnight, Texas, Monica Owusu-Breen, is the writer and executive producer and showrunner of the new Buffy series. The original series’ creator and showrunner, Whedon, will executive produce with the original exec producers Fran Kazui, Kaz Kazui, and Gail Berman.
The new Buffy series, being pitched to streaming and cable networks this summer, looks contemporary. It will build on the mythology of the original show. The producers say that like the world we live in, the show will be richly diverse. There is also plans to use aspects of the series for metaphors for current issues we fast today as a society.
Sources say the diversity of the show reflects the intention of the producers for a new slayer to be African American. However, sources say the project is still in the beginning stages with no script. So many details still need finalization.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Isn’t the Only Recent Reboot by 20th Century Fox TV
Buffy was a game-changing hit with a devoted following few others managed to achieve. Even fifteen years after its end, Buffy is still going strong. The strength of the community helped turn it into a lucrative property for 20th Century Fox TV get a bigger license fee from UPN from the controversial move from its original home in 2001.
There was even a successful spinoff in Angel. David Boreanaz toplined the show that aired on the WB for five seasons.
20th TV has aided in the current wave of reboots and revivals. Not only did they create Reboots of 24: Legacy and 24: Live Another Day, they also have a Last Man Standing revival coming this season on Fox.
The producers of the original series and 20th TV began discussions last year about a Buffy reboot. After a lot of deliberation, all agreed it was time to continue the story. They just needed the right writer and the right take. Their primary focus was on Owusu-Breen.
Whedon and Owusu-Breen worked together on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Whedon executive produced, directed, and co-created while Owusu-Breen co-executive produced.
It’s uncertain if Whedon is to have other roles on the series because of his other commitments. However, he will undoubtedly be involved one way or another in the creation of the reboot.