This week’s news of a Buffy The Vampire Slayer reboot was met with great excitement, then abject horror. Not at the prospect of even more vampires being thrown onto our screens, but at the idea Buffy Summers herself – perfectly portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar in Joss Whedon‘s cult classic series – could be played by a new actor.
Claims a black actor could be cast as Buffy 2.0 in lieu of an all-original leading character didn’t sit to well, either. Christ, PEDESTRIAN.TV‘s own take of “we’re cautiously into” news of the upcoming series was pretty generous considering some of the concern bandied about online.
The Buffy mythology allows for so so many different stories within its universe, like go fucking nuts with any number of other Slayers, just LEAVE BUFFY ALONE.
— Mitch Feltscheer (@mitchfel) July 20, 2018
Now, showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen has addressed fan concerns with a statement heavily hinting we’re about to meet an entirely new slayer. In a tweet, the Midnight, Texas creator said “there’s only one Buffy… So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer.”
— m.o.b. (@monicabreen) July 26, 2018
The news shifts perception of the upcoming show from ‘reboot’ to an entity inspired by the Buffy canon. That’s good news for everyone keen to delve deeper into the slayer mythos, while also welcoming a more diverse cast of underworld ass-kickers onto television.
No network is attached to the new show just yet, but you can bet there’s gonna be a bloody fight over the rights to this one.