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Well, here it is, folks, the moment many fans have been dreading/hoping for has arrived. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is actually getting a reboot. Luckily for fans of the supernatural series, some key behind the scenes players are going to be involved in the reboot, which will be a contemporary take on the popular story.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be executive produced by none other than original Buffy mastermind Joss Whedon, with Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui, who produced the Buffy film that spawned the TV show, also serving as executive producers along with Gail Berman and Joe Earley. The script for the potential series is being written by Monica Owusu-Breen who would also serve as showrunner. Owusu-Breen worked with Whedon on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and has been getting guidance on the script from him, so fans can rest assured that this take on the tale of the high school slayer will not veer too far off the well-loved course.
One notable difference that's been decided on for this version, though, is that those working on the show will have Buffy played by a black actress. The reboot is expected to build on the incredible mythology built by the original, with the world being as just as "richly diverse" as our own modern world. The new Buffy will mine issues facing those in today's world and use metaphors (as the first show did) to open a dialogue about them and explore different angles on difficult topics.
OK, before you all get excited/filled with too much dread to actually relax this weekend, you should know that the Buffy reboot currently has no network attached. In addition, no casting has been determined yet, including for the pivotal role of Buffy, and no script or director has been decided on. Right now this reboot is in the very early stage of development, with producers Fox 21 TV Studios looking to be ready to pitch the potential series to streaming platforms and cable networks later this summer. It should also be noted that we currently have no idea if Joss Whedon will eventually play a larger role (should a pilot get made or it get picked up to series), especially considering the other projects he's working on at the moment which you can be sure take up a lot of time.
Right now, there's no word on when the potential Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot might air, but stay tuned to CinemaBlend and we'll keep you up to date on any news as it becomes available to us. For more on what you can watch in the meantime, be sure to check out our summer premiere guide.