Buffy the Vampire Slayer is being rebooted and given a “contemporary” makeover.
According to Variety, a new cast will star in the revamped series. The original show’s creator Joss Whedon is also involved with the new show, which is currently in development at 20th Century Fox.
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Originally starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as the lead star, Anthony Head as Giles and Alyson Hannigan as Willow, the new actors have yet to be announced. However, Variety report that a black actress is attached to the role of Buffy.
Whedon will executive produce the series, which will be written by Agents Of SHIELD‘s Monica Owusu-Breen.
The instant reaction to the news on Twitter has not been too positive…
I loved Buffy. But you know what else I love? When Hollywood looks at new stories by people of color instead of rebooting old ones and changing the casting.
— Lilliam Rivera (@lilliamr) July 21, 2018
I loved Buffy as a teen. But I don't want more Buffy. I want new young women's stories from new young women creators who still aren't getting their shot because everyone thinks Joss Whedon has a monopoly on snarky teen angst.
— Stephanie Rodgers ???? (@bootstheory) July 21, 2018
— Kitty ???????? (@MissKittyBSDC) July 21, 2018
My thoughts on the #BuffyReboot:
Why are they racebending Buffy when they can make a brand new, kick-ass, black slayer character?
I'm all for inclusivity (duh, I'm brown) but I don't want it if it's done lazily by reusing characters. Do POC not deserve their OWN characters?
— JayJay (@JayGTVx) July 21, 2018
I would be excited to see #Buffy return, also YAY diversity, but could it be all new characters and a continuation instead of a straight reboot?
— Emily Carding (She/They) (@emilycarding) July 21, 2018