As all eyes were on the various trailers and other news coming out of Hall H and elsewhere during San Diego Comic-Con, news slipped out away from that nerdy haven that Fox was ready for a revival of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise on television. At the time many fans were seemingly torn online about how to feel, not sure if they were ready for a reboot of a show they loved or not.
Turns out, the reboot fears might not be something to worry about.
Buffy creator Joss Whedon is serving in an executive producer role for the new show in development, while writer Monica Owusu-Breen will be the one this time around leading the charge as a writer and the showrunner of the series. Taking to Twitter, Owusu-Breen posted a statement about her history with the series as well as an indication that this new show will feature a new slayer and new characters, not rehashes of the ones that came before.
A revival rather than a reboot makes sense on many levels, even within the world of the show itself. After all, the lore of the series is about how every generation there is a new slayer that rises to answer the call to take down all the things that go bump in the night. Of course in the original run of the series Buffy’s death and resurrection led to some hiccups in the awakening of a new slayer situation and then in the finale using Willow’s magic unlocked every single potential slayer around the world at once.
Dark Horse comics over the years have had various continuing seasons of Buffy which have built off the series finale and expanded the world. Those comics are soon coming to an end with the current four-part twelfth season, and there is no word if those comics or the old show itself will fully factor into this new series.
There is no word about anything else on this series other than the original reports that the producers are seeking out a woman of color to take on the role of the slayer this time around.