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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Won't Return Until Joss Whedon 'Decides It's Time'

As fans wait for any signs of another Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV or movie project, Fox says its up to creator Joss Whedon to decide when the time is right.

After debuting as the 1992 movie of the same name, Buffy found much more success as the popular TV series that ran from 1997 to 2003. Combining a powerful role model, teenage angst, and a good dose of fantasy/horror, Buffy struck a chord with audiences over its seven season run. Since the series wrapped with the highly-praised "Chosen," the world of Buffy has lived on in comics, with Whedon now returning for Season 12.

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Whedon had once looked at continuing the story as a movie, but news on a Buffy revival has so far been confined to comics and novels. However, Deadline reports on Fox Chairman and CEO Gary Newman offering fans a small glimmer of hope.

“[Buffy the Vampire Slayer] is probably the most ripe show we have for bringing back," newman said. "It’s something we talk about frequently. Joss Whedon is one of the greatest creators we’ve ever worked for. When Joss decides it’s time, we’ll do it."

While Fox may be keen to push forward with a return to Sunnydale, Newman's words neither confirm nor deny Whedon is actively seeking more work with Buffy outside the comic book continuations. The TV show is currently celebrating 21 years since it first hit The WB, but only last year, Whedon slammed the idea of reboots for never living up to their originals. But even though Sunndydale was swallowed into the Hellmouth itself, Fox's powers that be are interested in dusting off their stakes and taking another stab at bringing Buffy back at some point in the future -- Whedon willing, of course.

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