If it seems like almost everything from the 90s (and some decades before) is being remade, well that’s because a lot of it is. Now we can add the iconic fan-beloved series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox Television is developing a brand new remake of the teenage life/horror series with writer Monica Breen set to write the adaptation and serve as showrunner. She worked on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD along with Buffy guru Joss Whedon who will be executive producing the series and working with Breen on the script.
Reportedly the producers are seeking out a black actress to pick up the role that Sarah Michelle Gellar made her own in the 90s after the prior Buffy movie starring Kristy Swanson didn’t do as well at the box office.
There is no network attached to the series yet, it’s just something Fox is developing at the moment and will pitch the show to cable and streaming networks later in the summer. For years there have been rumors and reports that Fox wanted to reboot the series.
Launching in 1997, Buffy ran for seven seasons across The WB and UPN networks and led to a spinoff show Angel before finding new life over the years in various comic book seasons that have at times been handled by Whedon himself. Those comics are currently going through a what seems like final 12th season wrap up which possibly could be due to the developing reboot.
This new version is said to be “contemporary and build on the mythology of the original” and “like today’s world the new Buffy will be richly diverse, with some aspects of the series, like the flagship, seen as metaphors for issues facing society today.”