by T. Mack
Two weeks ago, I flashed back to a few badass ladies from some old Sci-Fi/Fantasy shows. The first lady on the list was the incomparable Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Joss Whedon’s 90s-00s show on the WB/CW network. The show and character, which both premiered more than 20 years ago, still have a loyal following. Earlier this month, news hit the net that Joss Whedon is attached to a reboot of the show which is currently in the works. This time, however, the lead is to played by an African-American actress.
Of course, this news sent the interwebs reeling with mixed feelings, for various reasons. But then came a bit of clarification. With this additional info, I gotta say I’m totally on board for what’s supposed to be coming…
Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, Texas) is the showrunner and writer for the new Buffy series, which is currently in-development, but does not yet have a network. Joss Whedon, meanwhile, will act as executive producer on the series. After news broke of the show, Owusu-Breen took to Twitter to clarify a few things. First she made it clear that she is a huge fan of the original series and that in her opinion, the characters from that show “can’t be replaced. Joss Whedon’s brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated. I wouldn’t try to.” Owusu-Breen went on to say that in the years since the original Buffy aired, “the world seems a lot scarier. So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer.”
These statements seem to suggest that the series will be more of a continuation of the original series than a pure reboot. And that leads to so many other wonderful possibilities:
1) That this new series will recognize and respect the original series and its material, building upon it instead of trampling all over it.
2) That instead of attempting to recast and replace characters, we will receive a new set of characters to take up the fight left by the old ones.
3) That we could definitely hope to see old characters return for cameos, which is a prospect that makes me extremely happy.
4) That this reboot/remake/continuation/whatever-you-want-to-call-it may avoid the pitfalls of disrespect and negativity caused by other recent reboots (Yes, I’m totally side-eyeing you, new Charmed!)
This new series is said to be a contemporary building on the mythology of the original. So far, I really like what I’m hearing. The original creator is involved. The showrunner/writer is a fan of the original and wants to build on the old series instead of replacing it. There is the idea of modernizing the concept of the show while respecting its history. There is also a desire to diversify the new series! And as a fan, I feel a level of respect that I didn’t feel when that other recent show I love was rebooted. Right now, I’m excited about this project. Here’s hoping that excitement can remain and grow as this project moves forward and finds a home in the coming months.
Are you a Buffy fan? What do you love about the movie and/or TV show? Have you followed the adventures of Buffy and the gang in Seasons 8-12 in the comics since the show went off the aire? What do you think about this news? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.