Joss Whedon Rebooting Buffy the Vampire Slayer With African American Lead

Every year, during SDCC, we tend to have a pretty good idea what news will come out in the form of trailers.  Then there are those you never saw coming.  Joss Whedon bringing back Buffy the Vampire Slayer with an African American lead would definitely be at the top of that list.  Thankfully, that’s the reality we live in and this reboot is on the way.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is currently in development at Fox 21 TV Studios, the home of the original series, with Joss Whedon set to Executive Produce and help Midnight, Texas creator Monica Owusu-Breen bring the series, he developed based on the 1992 film of the same name, to life.  Owusu-Breen has been named Executive Producer, Showrunner, and Writer for the supernatural teenage drama, with original executive producers Gail Berman, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui as well as Joe Earley from Gail Berman’s Jackal Group.

Don’t expect to see this show within the current year, or even early next year, as they are in the very early stages of the process.  There is currently no script, no casting of any kind, and no network.  What they do have, though, is a vision.  Here’s what the producers had to say about the reboot:

“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.”

Moreover, sources are claiming that the plan is to have an African American play as the new slayer.  However, they do stress that many details are in flux with the series being in its infancy.

Fortunately, Owusu-Breen and Whedon are already working hard to hammer out the details of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot.  In fact, this isn’t the first time they’ve worked together.  Previously, while Whedon was creating Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Owusu-Breen served as co-executive producer.  So, it’s fair to assume they have a good working relationship.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer has become a cult icon for supernatural fans, around the world.  The original teenage drama focused on Buffy (Sarah Michelle Geller) trying to rid the world of the various supernatural elements threatening the world, often specifically Sunnydale.  After 7 seasons and a successful spinoff, in Angel, Buffy was taken off the air, where it has laid dormant ever since.  Now, let’s hope this new Buffy will take the property to newer, grander heights!

Throughout the rest of the summer Whedon and Owusu-Breen plan on writing the series and pitching it to streaming services and cable networks.  It’s highly likely it’ll have a home sooner rather than later.

As more details unfold for the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, we’ll have it on Cinelinx.

This has nothing to do with the story, but seemed like a fun addition.  Our team at SDCC 2018 got to meet Joss Whedon the day before this news was announced.  There is reason to believe he told them about it but they were too hammered to remember…:D

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