The return of a Slayer to a Buffy-less take on the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer almost gave fans a collective aneurysm from excitement. With the show’s seven seasons generating a cult so charged that it’s maintained its power even today, when former showrunner and creator Joss Whedon is tackling huge superhero blockbusters and shows like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (where he worked with new Buffy showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen), it was a no-brainer to cash-in on the vampire mythos.
But just how far along is well-versed writer and producer Owusu-Breen’s new version of the show, led by a black Slayer? According to Deadline, the topic was addressed at this year’s TCA press tour.
“It’s not on an incredibly, fast track, but we’re hopeful,” said Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Gary Newman. So not being pushed and rushed into production, Owusu-Breen’s idea is a longer-term project that doesn’t need to bank on the immediate fervor for its success.
But it also means that no matter the excitement of some executives, fans may find their hype stifled until something tangible comes from this discussion. That’s because “there’s actually no script to see” yet, according to Newman. “We’ve sat down with creators and had conversations with them about it. It’s a very exciting prospect. It’s fairly early. We haven’t pitched it to any possible licensees yet, all of that is still to come.”
So licensees haven’t even been approached on grabbing the property for new use. Fox seems invested in the project, but for those looking for a production update on the show, they don’t seem to even be in a place where they can start putting the show together. New Buffy's team of producers is taking care of high-level issues, and it’ll likely be some time before anything like concrete pilot writing or casting takes place.
Though, when that time comes, Fox is ready for Owusu-Breen to take it on: “She’s the person who is day to day on it. She has a great take on the show.”