A few days ago, the geek community was rocked when the news broke that a Buffy The Vampire Slayer reboot was in the works. Joss Whedon will produce the new version with showrunner duties being passed to Monica Owusu-Breen (SHIELD, Fringe). While it's early days in the development process, fans of the original show expressed concern about rebooting Buffy rather than doing something fresh in the established world that Whedon created.
Well, it seems as though all the worries were premature as Monica Owusu-Breen took to Twitter to express her love of Buffy, and reassured fans that she has no intention of "replacing" the original series by teasing "it could be time to meet a new Slayer".
“For some genre writers it’s Star Wars. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my Star Wars. Before I became a writer, I was a fan. For seven seasons, I watched Buffy Summers grow up, find love, kill that love. I watched her fight, and struggle and slay. There is only one Buffy. One Xander, one Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Oz, Tara, Kendra, Faith, Spike, Angel … They can’t be replaced. Joss Whedon’s brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated. I wouldn’t try to. But here we are, 20 years later … and the world seems a lot scarier. So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer … And that’s all I can say.”
Cryptic much. Much like Doctor Who's theory on fixed points in time, there are just some TV shows that shouldn't be rebooted, and Buffy is one of them. That said, a new series set in the existing Buffyverse with new characters, a new Slayer, possible guest spots for legacy characters, sign me up.
If you'll allow me to don the stylish cap of speculation for a paragraph or two. Buffy continued beyond the TV show in comic book form that started in 2007 with the release of season eight. Over a decade later and it's still running and season twelve launching earlier this year. Joss Whedon returned for the first time since season nine to co-write the twelfth and final season of the comics, which means groundwork could be laid in the last two issues to connect to the new series. Is it a coincidence that Joss came back to work on the final season? Is it mere happenstance that the announcement that the comic book continuation was ending was made just a couple of months ago? Only time will tell.
I think Deadline summed it up best by describing the new series as Buffy: The Next Generation, and if that is what Whedon and Owusu-Breen are cooking up, I think that is far more exciting to fans than a reboot. The show is being pitched to all the usual networks and streaming services over the summer, so we'll find out soon if Buffy: The Next Generation is going to be a thing.