Over two decades after Sarah Michelle Gellar drove the first wooden stake into the heart of a vampire, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is being rebooted and returning to the small screen. But don’t expect to see SMG starring as a supernatural-slaying grown-up. Instead, the reboot will be a contemporary take on the original, and an unnamed black actress will assume the lead role of Buffy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The popular TV show, created by Joss Whedon, first aired in 1997 and concluded in 2003. During its six-year run it amassed a die-hard fan base, and many of those fans aren’t so interested in getting to know a modern-day Buffy–she and her slaying story were perfect as they were, fans say. Instead, people want a fresh story, a new character that would honour the legacy of Sarah Michelle’s Buffy and the world she existed in.
Plus, who could possibly replace David Boreanaz’s Angel!?
“Isn’t the best part of the Buffy universe that there are now many slayers? Why not just continue the show with a new slayer instead of rebooting?” one fan asked.
If the execs behind the new Buffy are looking for ways to improve this original reboot idea, they needn’t look further than Twitter. Fans seems to be full of ideas (and opinions):
I do not care for a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot unless it’s about another Slayer!
The original series was perfect, they don’t need to re do it!!!!
Can we get over this reboot era, I’m BORED of it!
— Kelsey Ellison⚡ (@KelseyEllison) July 21, 2018
things i don’t want:
– a new centrist party
– a buffy the vampire slayer reboot
— Louis Staples (@LouisStaples) July 22, 2018
A Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot🤮
I actually talked about this ages ago being something I could imagine happening especially with the disaster of the Charmed reboot. Next it’ll be Xena.
Leave shit alone & pursue some unique ideas rather than burying the good ones for easy cash
— AlphaOmegaSin (@AlphaOmegaSin) July 21, 2018
Just heard about the Buffy The Vampire Slayer remake. All I can say is “Why?” 🤦🏻♂️ Buffy does NOT need remade. You do not mess with perfection. The original TV series is a masterpiece from start to finish. I would’ve preferred a sequel.
— Stephen Patterson (@mr_sjpatterson) July 21, 2018
I’m not against a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer but why Reboot it when it would be better to follow a new slayer? A sequel series, not a reboot??
— VampireBait (@SVampirebait) July 24, 2018
Last year, Whedon was feeling wary about a Buffy reboot, expressing his concern during an interview.
“I see a little bit of what I call monkey’s paw in these reboots. You bring something back, and even if it’s exactly as good as it was, the experience can’t be. You’ve already experienced it, and part of what was great was going through it for the first time. You have to meet expectations and adjust it for the climate, which is not easy,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.
Even though the vampire trend doesn’t seem to want to die, the world might not be ready for a Buffy reboot just yet. Sarah Michelle’s version of the teen vampire slayer was original, badass and perfect.
We’re just going to wait and see, and hope for the best!