It has been over 20 years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer hit the small screen, and yet, even now, the show continues to be a cultural phenomenon. So, it’s not entirely surprising that in a time when old favorites are being rebooted, a Buffy reboot is (finally) in the works. Unfortunately, the reception to the reboot news has been rather divisive, with many feeling a reboot is far from necessary. However, there’s one party that is on board with the project — and her opinion probably carries more weight than most: Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Talks of a Buffy reboot have circulated for years now, however, it wasn’t until this past July that anything came of those reports. The rebooted series, which will hail from 20th Century Fox Television, will see series creator Joss Whedon team with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer Monica Owusu-Breen to tell a new Buffy story that will feature a black actor in the lead role this time around.
The reboot is still in the early stages of development and has not yet received a series order, but that hasn’t kept fans from discussing the project. Perhaps it’s not surprising that, with a property as beloved as Buffy, the news hasn’t necessarily settled well with all fans. Thankfully, the cast members of the original series seem to have a different take on the matter. Since the news hit, much of the cast has come out in support of the project, including James Marsters, who played Spike, and David Boreanaz, who played Angel. And now, one more series lead is throwing their support behind the project — Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar.
In a new interview with People, Gellar commented on the reboot and revealed she’s far from against it. “At the end of the day, it’s all about great storytelling,” she said. “If a story lives on, then I think it should be told in any incarnation it can be told in.”
It remains to be seen what happens with the new reboot, however, Owusu-Breen, who will serve as showrunner on the potential series, has confirmed it won’t necessarily be a full-blown reboot. Maybe we’ll see a new generation of slayers that follows the original show’s series finale? Anything is possible. For now, though, the original cast just wants to see fans give the new iteration a chance.
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