'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Reboot Just Needs Joss Whedon, Says Fox Head

Gary Newman at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem

Gary Newman at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem

He continued, saying, "It's something we talk about frequently".

"Reboots aren't actually a focus for us".

Speaking at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Newman added that "Buffy" is the "the most ripe show we have for bringing back". Since the series wrapped with the highly-praised "Chosen", the world of Buffy has lived on in comics, with Whedon now returning for Season 12. "And until Joss decides it's time, it won't happen".

This is interesting insight into the origin of a TV reboot, which, at least at Fox, seems to stem from the creator more than an executive's insight about what might work in today's media climate (although that second factor is surely also taken into account).

With The X-Files, Prison Break, and 24 all getting reboots, fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer now have a glimmer of hope. But when we first brought it back it was Chris and David and Gillian.

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The primary advantage that reboots present, Newman admits, is built in marketing in an increasingly crowded scripted television market. The built-in familiarity. "In this world with almost 500 scripted series, getting a leg up on marketing is an opportunity", Newman said. This, of course, includes supernatural teen classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show's star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, commemorated "Buffy Slay Day" with a photo gallery post.

Sure ... either way, while I get why the series is still big enough to be considered a worthwhile investment, I would argue that we don't need a reboot of Buffy-not now, anyway.

Wynonna Earp probably is the best Buffy reboot we could ever get, and it kicks a lot of ass while being even gayer and having more diversity than the original Scooby Gang. "From now on, we won't just face our fears, we will seek them out". There's no denying the meaning that "Buffy" had for a still passionate fanbase, and the #MeToo era could always use another hero who finds as much strength in her good heart and sharp wit as she does in her superpowers.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer concluded its run on television in 2003.

Whedon has expressed interest in continuing Buffy's story in the past, and even hinted at how he might do that.

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