'Buffy' Reboot Will Have A Black Actress In The Lead Role

'Buffy' Reboot Will Have A Black Actress In The Lead Role

Original series creator Joss Whedon is onboard to executive produce, with writer Monica Owusu-Breen attached to write the script.

The new Buffy version is being described as a "contemporary" and "richly diverse" take on the original series, building on the mythology of the original and using aspects of it to comment on aspects of the current political and cultural climates.

Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui have also joined as executive producers on the 20th Century Fox project. The series saw Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, a pretty high school girl in the small town of Sunnydale, who gets chosen as the latest in a long line of Slayers, super-powered heroes chosen by fate each generation to fight against the supernatural forces of darkness.

The original Buffy series was based on the 1992 film by the same name which was written by Whedon and starred Kristy Swanson as Buffy. Breen's other credits include stints in the writer's rooms for Alias, Charmed, Fringe, Brothers & Sisters, and the aforementioned Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

According to sources, the diversity in the show's description reflects the producers' intention for the new slayer to be African American.

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Rather than going through the conventional broadcast networks, which saw the original series go from The WB at the start of the show's run to UPN in its final three seasons, the new show will be pitched to SVOD streaming services and cable outlets. However, it is unclear how much more involvement in the series that Joss Whedon will have due to his busy schedule.

Buffy is not a show we ever thought would benefit from a reboot, but if this potential series can take it in a new direction and find fresh things to say, it could be worth watching.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a popular supernatural drama adored mainly by teenagers at the time of its release.