The buffy the vampire slayer the reboot is currently “paused” indefinitely.
Executive Producer Gail Berman announced the update on the from the Hollywood journalist Top 5 TVs podcast. Sadly, the show also doesn’t have an official network to call home, which could be one of the reasons it won’t see the light of day anytime soon (via Deadline).
The reboot, which has been in development since 2018, was billed as a “diversity-rich” show with a black actress as the lead heroine.
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When 20th Century Fox announced the series, they described the series as being “just like the original”. They added, “Certain aspects of the show could be seen as metaphors for the issues we all face today.”
Series creator Joss Whedon was on board this reboot as executive producer, along with Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, Texas) serving as writer and showrunner.
Owusu-Breen said of the show in 2018, “For some genre writers, it’s star wars. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my star wars. Before becoming a writer, I was a fan. For seven seasons, I watched Buffy Summers grow up, find love, kill that love. I watched her fight, thrash and kill.
“There’s only one Buffy… They can’t be replaced. I wouldn’t try. But here we are, 20 years later… and the world seems a lot scarier. would be time to meet a new Slayer. … And that’s all I can say.”
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But since then, Whedon has had allegations of misconduct on the set of Justice League by actors Ray Fisher and Gal Gadot.
Then, in early 2021, buffy star Charisma Carpenter has also spoken out against his behavior. Soon Sarah Michelle Geller, the original Buffy, distanced herself from Whedon and was supported by Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy’s sister Dawn.
So, it doesn’t look like this reboot will be going anytime soon. But there’s always the original to keep your heart content for now.
buffy the vampire slayer is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video in the US and Disney+ in the UK.