Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, is a series that has proven to be hailed as a cult classic and opened the doors of entertainment to several new opportunities for the shows that came after to take up. The show had a strong female lead that carried the plot on her shoulders and included themes like homosexuality that were unheard of in young adult television up until that point. This is the reason why fans of the show perked up as soon as news of a potential reboot surfaced in 2018
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: what we need to know
Before we delve into the details regarding the reboot, it is essential that we first address the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, belongs to the horror genre that first aired in 1997 and went on till 2003, securing seven seasons under its belt.
Joss Whedon created it. The original cast featured Sarah Michelle Gellar as the title character Buffy Summers, Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg, Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris, Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles.
The show also had several other recurring characters that include James Marsters as Spike, Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia, and David Boreanaz as Angel, among others.
The series follows Buffy Summers as she navigates through life as a “normal” girl next door while battling the forces of evil as her role as the Slayer would have her do. The Scooby Gang, which consists of Willow, Xander, and other on-and-off members, assists this quest. The show explores several themes during its seven-season run and has created a solid storyline that has managed to impress viewers with its intensity.
Buffy the Reboot: Who is involved, and what will it be about?
The original Buffy saw to it that fans come face to face with the undercurrents of issues that were made palatable to them on the receiving end.
As for the reboot, the makers are keen on making sure that this essence remains intact. The series aims to be more diverse, and we know that we can use some diversity given the current social situation. News of the new slayer being African-American has also been circulating on online forums.
The show’s success had been largely attributed to its writer Joss Whedon, but for the reboot, the role he has taken on is that of a producer. Monica Owusu-Breen will take over the show’s writing, and we are thrilled with this new development as women writing women is what we need to see as a modern audience.
We know this much for the original cast – almost none of them will play a major role in the new reboot.
While cameos and a few appearances might be possible, Sarah Michelle Gellar has verified that she will not return as Buffy Summers as her adolescent years are behind her. While this might seem like a sad prospect for many fans, a new and exciting cast can actually do wonders if the show is approached right.
The storyline might likely take off where Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s last episode left off in 2003. The new reboot will deal with a more relevant plotline to this day and age, with instances of some emotionally packed ideas in store for us.
The exact air date for the reboot has not been set yet, although it has been almost two years since the announcement. This could only mean that the show is still in the initial stages of production and would probably take some time to make it to the other side of the world.
It has been more than two decades since Buffy Summers slew demons, both real and metaphorical, and the endurance of the show can only be due to the way it dealt with things everyone knew, saw, and felt. The new Buffy will potentially deal with more intense issues like racism and sexism, with a possible political angle to the show.
Whatever arc the makers have decided to take, we are sure that it would be a spectacle worth witnessing for more reasons than one. If we guessed it right, news about the reboot is right around the corner, and you can trust us to bring it to you as soon as it hits the internet!