We are evolving with time, and so are our problems. With such a big, bad world around, fans think that the time is ripe for ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ to make a comeback. If you want that too, you’ve got to read on.
Created by Joss Whedon, American supernatural teen drama ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ is based on a 1992 film of the same name. The television series premiered on March 10, 1997, on The WB as a mid-season replacement for ‘Savannah’.
- What Fox has to say about rebooting ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’?
- Sarah Michelle Gellar says she is done playing Buffy
- ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ reboot: A sequel with a fresh cast?
- ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’: Joining the dots
The show starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris, Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg, Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase, and Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles.
What Fox has to say about rebooting ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
Speaking about plans of rebooting ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, Fox TV Group co-chairman Gary Newman said, “There is actually no script to see. But, we have sat down with creators and had conversations with them about it. It’s a very exciting prospect”.
There are reports which suggest that Whedon’s colleague on ABC’s ‘Agents of Shield’, Monica Owusu-Breen, has been hired as the writer and show-runner on the possible reboot, while Whedon will work as an executive producer.
Supporting the idea of a reboot, David “Angel” Boreanaz shared similar views.
“I have no problem with the cult audience, but I am not a big reunion guy. I tend to like to go forward. I don’t like to go backwards”, said Boreanaz to “Parade”.
Sarah Michelle Gellar says she is done playing Buffy
If you want Gellar to make a comeback as Buffy Summers, you will be disappointed. In conversation with “The Wrap”, former lead of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Sarah Michelle Gellar expressed how she felt that she was done playing Buffy.
“I don’t know anything about it, honestly, I think that it’s a great story and I’m glad that it will get retold and I hope that people will watch it. But you know, I have told my story with it”.
She added, “For me, the beauty of the show was the madness and horrors of high school, manifesting in actual literal horrors. And I may look young, but I don’t look like I am a kid”.
Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character Buffy became an overnight sensation with her quirky, no-nonsense ways. Not just a feminist hero, Buffy Summers became a pop-culture icon for that generation. So, after 15 years, if the show is actually being rebooted, it would be hard to fill in the shoes of Gellar.
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’: A sequel with a fresh cast?
In the season 7 finale, Buffy Summers activates the slayer magic and distributes it to dozens of potential slayers, thus, creating an army of empowered women. In a way, the door to a reboot was left wide open since the series finale itself.
According to “Deadline”, the series producers teased, “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”.
Thus, keeping in mind the “richly diverse” aspect, the makers are expected to cast an African- American slayer as the lead. When fans questioned the decision of the reboot, Osuwu-Breen clarified that the reboot would essentially be a sequel to ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. With a new slayer, it would be the beginning of a new plotline, with a new cast.
Affirming rumours of a fresh cast, Boreanaz supportively said, “It’s a good thing. They want to embrace a new generation, something new. I am all for it. I think it’s fantastic”.
Jessica Parker Kennedy of ‘The Flash’ fame hasn’t shied away from showing interest in the lead role.
“I hope I get to audition for it as many times as possible. Even if I have to crawl my way into that audition room”, revealed Kennedy.
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ sequel: Joining the dots
The sequel seems highly possible, but the question remains — Which streaming service is it going to be on?
Let’s try to join the dots.
Disney owns 20th Century Fox, hence, the obvious choice would be Disney+. But, given the show’s young-adult target audience, Disney-owned Hulu might be the safer choice.
Now for the release date: There hasn’t been any announcement yet. And we are unsure if it will be anytime soon.
Will Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Buffy Summers be effectively replaced by a new slayer for a possible sequel? Tell us in the comments below!