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Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot ‘on pause’ producer confirms

Sadly, it doesn't sound hopeful.

By Alastair James

Words: Alastair James; pictures: 20th Television

A producer attached to a hoped-for reboot of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer has said plans for the said reboot are “on pause”.

The original series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar ran for seven seasons between 1997 and 2003 and has a strong cult following and support base.

A reboot was revealed to be in the works in 2018 featuring an all-new cast of characters and a brand new Slayer.

However, speaking recently to The Hollywood Reporter’s TV Top 5 podcast, Gail Berman had disappointing news for fans.

As well as revealing that plans for the new show are “on pause” Gaiman added that meant “industry speak for purgatory, make of that what you will.”

Back in 2018, it was reported that original Buffy creator Joss Whedon was working with Agents of SHIELD writer Monica Owusu-Breen to create a modern version of the show with an African-American girl in the lead role.

Owusu-Breen later released a statement insisting that the revival will actually be more of a sequel. 

“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,” she said.

She added: “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.”

In March, it was reported that Gellar had voted for Euphoria‘s Zendaya to take the lead in whatever reboot/revival happened. 

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