Rumors of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot have recently been confirmed.
In fact, Fox has recruited Monica Owusu-Breen to be writer, executive producer, and showrunner. Owusu-Breen is the creator and former executive producer of Midnight, Texas and writer of shows such as Charmed, Alias, Brothers & Sister, and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
It is also rumored that the new lead will be played by an African-American woman.
But news of the reboot hasn’t been welcomed with excitement amongst all circles. In fact, critics have said that,
Monica Owusu-Breen recently took to Twitter to clarify the show’s intentions.
— monicaowusubreen (@monicabreen) July 26, 2018
“For some genre writers it’s Star Wars. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my Star Wars.”
“Before I became a writer, I was a fan. For seven seasons, I watched Buffy Summers grow up, find love, kill that love.”
“I watched her fight, and struggle and slay.”
“There is only one Buffy. One Xander, one Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Oz, Tara, Kendra, Faith, Spike, Angel… They can’t be replaced.”
“Joss Whedon’s brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated. I wouldn’t try to.”
“But here we are, twenty years later… And the world seems a lot scarier. So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer… And that’s all I can say.”
Fans are thrilled by the news and trust Owusu-Breen’s vision.
I am so excited to see what you bring to life.
— Liz Alper (@LizAlps) July 26, 2018
I am totally cool with a reboot, but I can't imagine it will hit me the same way that the original did. Buffy SHAPED me. Buffy made me who I am. Buffy is EXACTLY my age. We grew up together, we cried together, we lost parents within two years of each other. I am me because of her
— Katie Kelley (@Kathryn75352040) July 26, 2018
THIS. THIS. THIS. THIS. As a fellow Buffy-inspired TV writer, I am beyond happy to hear you express this. Thank you for igniting hope where doubt started to fester. So excited to see how you continue the legacy.
— Chris Rafferty (@chris_rafferty) July 26, 2018
I am ready to give this reboot a chance! BtVS was everything to me. I would love for my daughter to have her own slayer & scooby gang to grow up with. pic.twitter.com/zcQmiuWYkQ
— Shelby O (@shelbyO72) July 26, 2018
#Buffy is my Star Wars too. Whatever you do, I'm board as long as you stick to the initial ingredients that made Buffy so special, namely telling a profound story about the human experience with heart, humor and some butt-kicking action. pic.twitter.com/mtVCqTfPjh
— Shasha (@speashasha) July 26, 2018
These are all very exciting words – I can't wait to see what you're dreaming up! ♂️✨ pic.twitter.com/dHr1oBR9fd
— Emily McLongstreet (@emilymclongst) July 26, 2018
But others are still wanting to make sure that the new series is not simply recreating the original, beloved series main character.
A new slayer? Yes! Love it! A new Buffy? No, thanks.
— Frances Jaime (@catlady1952) July 26, 2018
New Slayer? Sure!
Glad it won't be “Another Buffy”
Still wondering how you'll introduce the season7 finale materials (if it's a continuation after the fact that is)!
— twinsthings (@twinsthings) July 26, 2018
If they are going to bring back #Buffy I really hope they change the name of the show. I'd be interested in seeing a new Slayer if they change the name of the show. Getting fed up of all these 90 shows getting rebooted.
— #CHARMEDREVIVAL (@RebootStop) July 27, 2018
I cannot express how exciting & electric it would be to meet a new slayer! To allow the world in which Buffy lived to EXPAND rather than be re-done. Thank you for this note, we can't wait to see what you dream up!
— GennaRose Nethercott (@grnethercott) July 26, 2018
Yes yes yes yes!!!! Please don't reboot Buffy! But my god a new slayer, more to the Buffy universe, the future, the past anything as long as it not Buffy and scoobies, Into every generation a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. Only ONE BUFFY!
— trucallingHE (@trucallingHE) July 26, 2018
We can’t wait to see what Monica Owusu-Breen has envisioned.