Sunnydale’s undead populace can breathe a collective sigh of relief at the absence of a new Hunter appearing any time soon.
A reboot of Buffy the vampire slayerthis time, starring a black actress as the titular hero, has been in development since 2018 – but executive producer Gail Berman says the project is now “on hold,” revealed on Friday’s episode The Hollywood Reporter‘s The top 5 of television podcast.
Original series creator Joss Whedon was along with Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, Texas) as writer and showrunner. Owusu-Breen previously wrote for ABC’s agents from SHIELD, where Whedon was also an EP. Dubbed “contemporary, building on the mythology of the original,” the reboot never had an official network home.
However, there was some confusion as to whether the show would be a straight reboot or some sort of revival. Shortly after news of the 2018 reboot broke, Owusu-Breen declared that the original series’ beloved characters “cannot be replaced,” adding that she “would not attempt” the “brilliant and beautiful series.” replicate. Instead, she suggested, “The world seems a lot scarier [today]. So maybe it’s time to meet a new Slayer.
The original Buffy, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, debuted on The WB in 1997 and ran for seven seasons, switching to UPN for the last two. It has since become a cultural touchstone and a cult favorite among television fans.
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https://tvline.com/2022/08/19/buffy-reboot-cancelled-black-vampire-slayer/ “Buffy” reboot cancelled: No Black Vampire Slayer on TV