Buffy The Vampire Slayer was one of the biggest show of the late ‘90s. Schoolboys everywhere dreamed of her and Schoolgirls wanted to be her.
Turn of the Millenium Moment
The show ran from 1997 to 2003 and was loved worldwide. It made international stars of its cast members which included Sarah Michelle Geller (Cruel Intentions, Scooby-Doo)as Buffy, Alyson Hannigan (American Pie, How I Met Your Mother) as Willow, Anthony Head (Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, Warehouse 13) as Rupert, Nicholas Brendon (Coherence, Criminal Minds) as Xander, David Boreanaz (Angel, Bones) as Angel, James Marsters (Dragonball: Evolution, Smallville) as Spike and Seth Green (Austin Powers, Robot Chicken) as Daniel.
Buffy was loved for its modern gothic feel, something that was huge at the time, its hammy storylines and of course its kick-ass heroine. Fans were devastated when it came to an end and some found solace in the fact that spin-off Angel ran for a further year. Since then there have been many calls for the show to return and now it’s happening although we aren’t convinced fans will be too happy.
Mixing It Up
Hollywood Reporter announced the news and confirmed that original writer Joss Whedon (The Avengers, The Cabin In The Woods) would oversee the project. They also confirmed that the series would be a complete reboot with the lead role of Buffy being played by an as yet un-named Black actress.
Ok, so that’s a massive change, Sweet middle class white high school girl Buffy will now be Black. Ok no issue from us, it is, of course, a fictional character, but fans might not think the same. Let’s not forget that the character was white in the original comic book series, the original movie and of course the series.
Monica Owusu-Breen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Lost) will write the series as well as being Executive Producer.
The reboot will apparently tackle modern social issues, which the original series certainly did at times, and will use metaphors to create a diverse series. Ok then.
Raising The Dead
Sometimes it seems as though a series should be left alone unless you’re bringing back the original style and cast and to be honest this sounds like one of those projects.
We aren’t saying it will be bad but Buffy The Vampire Slayer it won’t be. It was a cult series that portrayed culture as it was at the time. Without the Skate Punk, pseudo-Gothic overtones it just wouldn’t be the same.
We’ll reserve full judgement until it’s released but we’ll certainly be watching with trepidation as opposed to nostalgic excitement.
No network has been announced as of yet for the series and we will be sure to bring you any news as it becomes available.
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