It was recently announced that “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which went off the air 15 years ago, would be getting a reboot by Monica Owusu-Breen with original series creator Joss Whedon, but featuring a black heroine. However, on July 26 Owusu-Breen suggested that it might not be a reboot, per se. We might be getting a brand new Slayer. Scroll down for her complete statement on Twitter.
“There is only one Buffy,” she says. The original cast of characters “can’t be replaced. Joss Whedon’s brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated. I wouldn’t try to … So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer … And that’s all I can say.”
From the sounds of it the upcoming “Buffy” reboot might actually be more of a spin-off. And the show already laid the groundwork for such a continuation during its original run. The original premise of the series was that there can be only one Slayer with the power to fight evil, and a new Slayer was only called when the previous one died.
But the 2003 series finale “Chosen” changed all that. With a magical assist from good witch Willow (Alyson Hannigan), the rules were changed so that any young women with the potential to become a Slayer would become a Slayer. So a new series in the “Buffy” universe could follow just about anyone anywhere.
“Before I became a writer, I was a fan,” says Owusu-Breen about her devotion to the series. Since then her fandom led her to write for shows including “Alias,” “Lost,” “Fringe” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” the last of which she worked on with Whedon. She earned a Writers Guild nomination in 2007 as a member of the “Lost” writing team. She hasn’t earned an Emmy nom yet, but that’s okay — Whedon couldn’t even win an Emmy for “Buffy.”
So what do you think of this new twist in the “Buffy” reboot saga? Read Owusu-Breen’s entire statement below, and let us know who you think should play the new slayer below in comments and here in our forums.
— monicaowusubreen (@monicabreen) July 26, 2018