‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ to Be Rebooted With Black Lead

Be warned, blood suckers, there’s a brand-new slayer coming to town!

ET can confirm which a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is usually 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 as well as also his brother Jed on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., to pen the pilot script, which will feature a black actress stepping into the main slayer role made famous by Sarah Michelle Gellar. 

Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Fran Kazui as well as also Kaz Kazui (who produced the 1992 Buffy film, written by Whedon, which inspired the TV series) will also serve as executive producers on the project.

The original Buffy the Vampire Slayer series ran through 1997-2003 on The WB as well as also UPN, serving as a linchpin of The WB’s teen-focused lineup from the late ’90s as well as also early ’00s. the item also launched a successful spinoff series, Angel, centered on David Boreanaz’s titular vampire character.

The supernatural drama followed high schooler Buffy Summers as she slayed vampires with help through friends Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) as well as also Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon). As if being a teenager wasn’t already complicated enough, Summers falls in love that has a kind-hearted vampire, Angel.

“the item’s the ultimate metaphor: horrors of adolescence manifesting through these actual monsters,” Gellar told Entertainment Weekly when the cast reunited last year to celebrate their 20th anniversary. “the item’s the hardest time of life.”

Boreanaz agreed, reflecting on how Buffy’s characters as well as also storylines connected with fans well beyond the seven seasons which the show aired.

“When you’re going through a actually horrible part of your life, like your teenage years, you feel alone,” he said. “as well as also Buffy was a way to tell the audience you’re not alone.”

Hannigan, who went on to star in How I Met Your Mother, called Buffy the “role of a lifetime.”

“I met the love of my life,” the mother-of-two shared of her today-husband, Alexis Denisof, who played Watcher Wesley on the show. “as well as also just to get to go to work every day as well as also have Joss sort of train me — I’ll never have a better experience than which.”

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