African American-Led BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Reboot In Development with FOX21

Sarah Michelle Gellar as the original TV Buffy

Sarah Michelle Gellar as the original TV Buffy

20th Century Fox Television has announced that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is getting a reboot that will be executive produced by Joss Whedon.

While it was easy to move forward with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot after Monica Owusu-Breen was tapped to write the script with Joss Whedon, a director has yet to be chosen.

Breen's previous credits include "Agents of SHIELD", which is executive produced by Whedon. A network has yet to be announced, but Whedon is now working with Monica Owusu-Breen to write the script. In the new iteration of the enduring "teen-girl-turned-monster-stabber" role, the character played by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the initial Buffy iteration that ran from 1997 to 2003 will be portrayed by a black actress. However, no network is attached to the project yet. Producers Fox 21 TV Studios will pitch the Buffy re-do to streaming and cable outlets later this summer in a package bound to ignite a bidding war.

Here's a quick statement from the producers: "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".

Fox has reportedly been trying to bring Buffy the Vampire Slayer back for a while now. "It's something we talk about frequently, and Joss Whedon is really one of the greatest creators we ever worked with. And until Joss decides it's time, it won't happen". The show spawned the spinoff, Angel, where Buffy's former flame went to Los Angeles to fight supernatural evils.

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