There’s a fine line to tread when rebooting a massively successful franchise: sure, everyone would like to rake in cash by reinvigorating a popular series, but tampering with warm fan nostalgia for a quick buck can be mighty treacherous.

Take Buffy, for example. When a reboot was revealed earlier this year, fans went ballistic over fears the titular character – played to perfection by Sarah Michelle Gellar – would be recast and tampered with.

Now, Gellar and co-star David Boreanaz have both restated their support for the upcoming reboot, urging fans of the Joss Whedon-led classic to just give Monica Owusu-Breen‘s interpretation a chance.

Speaking before a packed hall at New York Comic Con on Thursday, Boreanaz was thrust into a discussion about the reboot. After a wave of boos from attendees, the Angel star reportedly spoke up in defence of the project.

“I’m very happy for them. They want to embrace a new generation, something new,” Boreanaz said, adding “It’s a great opportunity for a reboot like this to show where we are with society now, what you can do with technology.

“How you can explore those relationships with the same kinds of metaphors. I’m all for it.”

Those comments were followed up by Michelle Gellar. In a separate interview with People, the stake-slinger responded to Boreanaz’ comments in the affirmative.

“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.”

Whether those statements are fully accepted by Buffy die-hards is yet to be seen. The furore was so overwhelming after the announcement that Owusu-Breen herself had to issue a statement, confirming the new show would not be recasting the original series’ most famous slayer.

There’s still precious little information about the series outside of that, but at least two stars of the original have given it two thumbs (fangs?) up.

Source: People
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