(Note: This post contains spoilers for the tv and comic book versions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was and is the greatest television show in existence. Convo ended, it is what it is. Even season six (that was the season Buffy battled depression, so she was letting Spike bend her over balconies at the Bronze) was better than most anything else on your screen vee. The show ended in 2003 after seven seasons, and its creator Joss Whedon continued it to middling success in comic book form for five more. (Dude, Xander and Dawn got together. As a couple. Can you hear my frown?) The huge news this weekend is that Joss is executive-producing a new version for Fox 21 TV Studios, which is the cable/streaming division of 20th Century Fox TV, according to Deadline. (No, really – Dawn and Xander even HAD A BABY.)
Writer/producer Monica Owusu-Breen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe, Brothers and Sisters) will run the show as well as write scripts. They’re looking to cast an African-American girl as the next Slayer and make Sunnydale a little more diverse. (Wait, Sunnydale went into the ground in the series finale. Maybe they’ll set it over the other Hellmouth in Cleveland?) Deadline says:
The new version, which will be pitched to streaming and cable networks this summer, will be contemporary, building on the mythology of the original. Per the producers: “Like our world, it will be richly diverse, and like the original, some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for issues facing us all today.”
The project is in the beginning stages, and no scripts have been written so anything could happen. (Hopefully, they’ll reveal that the comic book series never happened and Xander and Dawn didn’t become a couple or have a baby together.)
It looks like Joss is only taking a “call me if you need me”-type role with the reboot, as he’s busy with creating a series for HBO and another one for Freeform.
Other things that happened in the comic book after the tv version ended included Buffy engaging in lesbianism, Willow dating a mystical half-woman/half snake (so she was engaging in even MORE lesbianism), and Angel becoming a super-villain and killing Giles! Yeah, ok, that comic book series needs to be rendered null and void as just a bad dream of Buffy’s in the first five minutes of the new series.
Pic: 20th Century Fox TV