Iconic ‘ 90s TV show “Buff The Vampire Slayer” is getting a reboot with a reported African-American female lead.
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Be warned, blood suckers, there is a new slayer comes to town!
ET can confirm that a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” reboot is in development with the creator of the beloved original series, Joss Whedon, on board to executive produce. 20th Century Fox Television has tapped writer Monica Owusu-Breen, who previously worked with Whedon and his brother Jed, on “Marvel’s Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D.,” the pen the pilot script, which comes with a black actress to get a main slayer role made famous by Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui (who produced the 1992 “Buffy” film, written by Whedon, who is the inspiration for the TV series) will also serve as executive producers of the project.
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The original “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series, which ran from 1997-2003 on The WB and the UPN, which, as a cornerstone of The WB’s teen-focused line-up in the late ’90 and early ’00. There was also a successful spin-off series, Angel, focused on David Boreanaz’s titular vampire.
The supernatural drama followed high schooler Buffy Summers as she slayed vampires with the help of friends Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) and Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon). As a teenager who is not already complicated enough, Summers falls in love with a good-hearted vampire Angel.
“It’s the ultimate metaphor: the horrors of adolescence manifest by these actual monsters,” Gellar told Entertainment Weekly as the cast reunited last year to celebrate their 20th anniversary. “It is the most difficult time of my life.”
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Boreanaz agreed, reflecting on how “Buffy” characters and storylines connected with fans, and over the seven seasons the show aired.
“If you’re going through a really horrible part of your life, such as your teenage years, you feel alone,” he said. “And “Buffy” was a way to tell the public you’re not alone.”
Hannigan, who went on to star in “How I met Your Mother,” name “Buffy” the role of a lifetime.”
“I have the love of my life”, the mother-of-two shared her husband Alexis Denisof, who played Watcher Wesley on the show. “And just to go to work every day and have Joss kind of train-me — I will never have a better experience than that.”
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