Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reboot Halted… for Now

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The long-gestating Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot has hit a snag.

First announced in 2018, the update was set to feature a Black woman in the lead role.

The project was described as “contemporary, building on the mythology of the original,” according to Deadline.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan at the UPN sessions of the Television Critics Association

“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."

However, EP Gail Berman revealed that the series is no longer in development to The Hollywood Reporter's Top 5 Podcast.

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Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, Texas) was set to serve as writer and showrunner of the series.

At the time, it was reported that a streaming or cable home was being eyed for the series, but with few updates in the years that followed, there was a great deal of skepticism about whether the project would see the light of day.

On top of that, there were concerns about whether the show would exist in the same world as the 1997-2003 series or if it would replace what people know about that universe.

Owusu-Breen revealed in 2018 that the original series “can’t be replaced,” sharing that she “wouldn’t try to” replicate the “brilliant and beautiful series.”

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"The world seems a lot scarier [today]. So maybe it could be time to meet a new Slayer."

Buffy the Vampire Slayer starred Sarah Michelle Gellar in the title role.

It was a huge success for the WB, spending five seasons on the network before moving over to UPN for its last two seasons.

Gellar recently celebrated 25 years since the debut of the show.

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"25 years ago today I had the honour to introduce the world to my version of Buffy Anne Summers," Gellar captioned the Instagram post.

"It was an uphill battle. A mid season replacement, on a new network based on a movie, that was by no means a giant success. ‘But then there was you," she wrote.

"The fans. You believed in us. You made this happen. You are the reason 25 years later we are still celebrating."

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"So today we celebrate you as well. #wwbd."

the cast also included Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Seth Green, James Marsters, Amber Benson, and Michelle Trachtenberg.

What are your thoughts on the reboot hitting a pause?

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Quotes

Spike: The last time I looked in on you two, you were fighting to the death. Now you're back making googly-eyes at each other like nothing happened. Makes me want to heave.
Buffy: I don't know what you're talking about.
Spike: Oh, yeah. You're just friends.
Angel: That's right.
Spike: You're not friends. You'll never be friends. You'll be in love till it kills you both. You'll fight and you'll shag and you'll hate each other till it makes you quiver, but you'll never be friends. Love isn't brains, children. It's blood. Blood screaming inside you to work its will. I may be love's b****, but at least I'm man enough to admit it.

Buffy: So that's it, huh? I remember the drill: one slayer dies, the next one's called. I wonder who she is. Will you train her or will they send someone else?
Giles: Buffy, I...
Buffy: Does it say how he's gonna kill me? Do you think it'll hurt?
[Angel walks to her and she moves]
Buffy: Don't touch me! Were you even gonna tell me?
Giles: I was hoping I wouldn't have to, that there was some way around it.
Buffy: I've got a way around it: I quit.
Giles: It's not that simple.
Buffy: I'm making it that simple! I quit! I resign! I'm fired! You can find someone else to stop The Master from taking over.
Giles: I'm not sure that anyone else can. All the signs indicate...
Buffy: Signs?
[She throws books at him]
Buffy: Read me the signs! Tell me my fortune! You're so useful, sitting here with all of your books! You're really a lot of help!
Giles: No, I don't suppose I am.
Angel: I know this is hard.
Buffy: What do you know about this? You're never gonna die.
Angel: You think I want anything to happen to you? Do you think I could stand it? We just gotta figure out a way...
Buffy: I already did. I quit, remember? Pay attention.
Giles: Buffy, if The Master rises...
Buffy: I don't care! I don't care. Giles, I'm 16 years old. I don't wanna die.