Huge breaking news tonight as Deadline reports that “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is headed back to the small screen, with a reboot series in development at Fox 21 TV Studios.
Midnight, Texas creator Monica Owusu-Breen has been tapped as writer, executive producer and showrunner of the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with the original series’ creator and showrunner Joss Whedon set to executive produce alongside original series’ exec producers Gail Berman, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui as well as Joe Earley from Berman’s Jackal Group.
“The new version, which will be pitched to streaming and cable networks this summer, will be contemporary, building on the mythology of the original.”
“Like our world, it will be richly diverse, and like the original, some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for issues facing us all today,” the producers tease.
The site notes that while the project is in the very early stages and will no doubt evolve, the plan at this time is “for the new slayer to be African American.”
Created by Joss Whedon, the original series ran from 1997 to 2003.