Tweet From New Buffy Showrunner Clarifies Lingering Question For Fans

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, 

“lazy gender and race bent reboots… isn’t progress. It’s insulting as if black people can’t lead popular works with their own mythology.”

Monica Owusu-Breen recently took to Twitter to clarify the show’s intentions.

“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.

But others are still wanting to make sure that the new series is not simply recreating the original, beloved series main character.

We can’t wait to see what Monica Owusu-Breen has envisioned.

H/T: Decider, Deadline