the buffy the vampire slayer The reboot is currently “paused” indefinitely.
Executive producer Gail Berman announced the update to the hollywood reporter TV’s top 5 podcast. Unfortunately, the show also doesn’t have an official network it can call home yet, which could be one of the reasons it won’t be seeing the light of day anytime soon (via Term).
The reboot, which has been in development since 2018, was billed as a “richly diverse” show with a black actress as the main heroine.
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When 20th Century Fox announced the series, they described the show as “just like the original”. They added: “Some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for the problems we all face today.”
Series creator Joss Whedon was on board for this reboot as executive producer, with Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, Texas) serving as writer and showrunner.
Owusu-Breen said of the show in 2018: “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 saw her fight and struggle and kill.
“There’s only one Buffy… They can’t be replaced. I wouldn’t try. But here we are, 20 years later… and the world seems a lot scarier. So maybe, it might be time to meet a new Slayer.” . … And that’s all I can say.”
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But since then, Whedon has faced accusations of misconduct on the set of League of Justice by actors Ray Fisher and Gal Gadot.
Then, in early 2021, leukocyte star Charisma Carpenter also spoke out against his behavior. Soon, Sarah Michelle Geller, the original Buffy, distanced herself from Whedon and was backed up by Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy’s sister, Dawn.
So it doesn’t look like this reset is going to happen any time soon. But there’s always the original to keep your heart content for now.
buffy the vampire slayer is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video in the US and Disney+ in the UK.