Well, this was annoyingly inevitable, wasn't it, folks? Following the likes of Sabrina, Charmed and Roswell all being primed for reboots airing in the next few months, it seems that in keeping with nothing being sacred, Buffy The Vampire Slayer too is getting one. Oh joy.
Monica Owusa-Breen, best known for her work on the original Charmed series as well as Alias, Lost and Midnight, Texas will spearhead the new version of Buffy The Vampire Slayer with Joss Whedon also involved in the project. This version will apparently see a black actress cast in the title role but as of yet, a script has not been written, nor a network actually confirmed to take on the potential reboot. Whedon will also have a Victorian female led series called The Nevers airing on HBO as well in the next year.
I'm going to be blunt here - my respect for Whedon has been on a downward spiral for a while, what with his own real life behaviour coming to the surface, his crass social media virtue signalling and his botching of Justice League but this really makes him look like a massive sellout. Whedon has lost his woke points with a certain following for quite a while and this attempt of diversifying his most beloved of shows just smacks of desperation. Aside from the fact that there are three better options worth exploring (a revival with the original cast, a Giles spin-off or even a show with a brand new slayer in the same universe), there seems to be this growing arrogance with Hollywood types who think that rebooting everything with a diversity tag will automatically guarantee them an audience. Given how the forthcoming Charmed reboot is rightfully getting slated online and might possibly tank when it airs on the CW, I just cannot see this possible reboot resonating with audiences like the original series did. Seriously, let's hope no network pick this reboot up and let HBO have Whedon's other feminist themed show.
Actually I might have jumped the gun a tad. Yesterday, Monica Owusa-Breen seemed to confirm on her Twitter account that it might be a new slayer we're meeting instead of a reboot. If that's the case, then this series will have my support. A reboot is still a bad idea though.
More Info: https://eu.azcentral.com/story/life/tv/2018/07/20/buffy-vampire-slayer-getting-reboot/811005002/
Monica's Tweet: https://twitter.com/monicabreen/status/1022507356964278272
Thoughts on the possibility of a Buffy reboot? Am I being too harsh or is it really just a bad idea for everyone involved?