Huge news, Hellmouth residents. Joss Whedon's beloved cult series Buffy the Vampire Slayer is getting rebooted, with Buffy to be played by a young woman of color, per The Hollywood Reporter. Whedon will executive-produce, with Monica Owusu-Breen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) writing the pilot and serving as showrunner for the new series, developed by 20th Century Fox Television.
Breen's new script features a black actress playing the role of Buffy, made famous by Sarah Michelle Gellar. (Yeah, yeah, Kristy Swanson originated the role in the 1992 feature film of the same name written by Whedon, but Gellar perfected it.) The new version of Buffy will be contemporary and feature a diverse cast. Like the original series, it will use its monsters and demons as metaphors for issues facing young people.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer originally ran for seven seasons on The WB Network and UPN from 1997 to 2003. The story later continued in comic book form once the series ended.
Although the show has not yet found a network it can call home, 20th Century Fox Television will pitch the new, more inclusive Buffy to streaming and cable outlets later this summer. We have a hunch they'll get some bites.