Buffy’s back! 20th Century Fox Television are reportedly giving the iconic vampire slayer a brand new series, and they’re combining the talents of some of the folks who worked on the original 1997 series along with some promising newcomers to the franchise.
The Hollywood Reporter learned that Joss Whedon, the creator of the original movie and television series, will serve as executive producer on the new project and he is working with Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, Texas, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe) on the script. Whedon and Owusu-Breen previously worked together on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Owusu-Breen will serve as both writer and showrunner of the new Buffy series. Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui, who produced the original Buffy the Vampire Slayermovie, will return to the new series as executive producers.
THR says that, while casting for the titular character “has not been determined,” the new Buffy series will feature a black actress in the lead role: “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.” The same report says that the new series will, “build on the mythology of the original,” so it’s possible that the new reboot will be a continuation of the timeline established in the classic series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.
There is currently no information available on when we might expect Buffy the Vampire Slayer to return to television, but you can bet that Horror News Network will have all of the details on this exciting new project as soon as they break!