Buffy the Vampire Slayer is perhaps a universe even more closely tied to Joss Whedon’s image than the short-lived Firefly, if only because its run was so much longer and its legacy that much more intense. So why, in an entertainment world where Roswell is getting a second chance, don’t we have a new version of the Buffyverse? According to the bigwigs at the top of the network in charge of the property, it’s all up to Whedon.
At a conference in Jerusalem, FOX TV group chair Gary Newman said, “When Joss decides it’s time, we’ll do it. And until Joss decides it’s time, it won’t happen.”
That’s both great and terrible news for fans, because that means the timeline is indefinite and uncertain, but if/when the reboot comes, it will be because its creative heart has returned. The network won’t be gutting the show and replacing its head honcho with a new voice just to turn a profit. And it’s not like they wouldn’t have a reason to go through with the latter plan.
Newman, while saying that revivals obviously have a bigger initial draw than original programming, said Buffy was always at the top of the stack. “I think if you look in our library, Buffy is probably the most ripe show we have for bringing back,” Newman said, though noting that he couldn’t say anything concrete like an announcement or he “wouldn’t get out of the building alive.”
But honestly, it’s not up to him at the end of the day — and that’s exactly how fans should want it. “Most times when we brought things back, it started with the creator coming in to us and saying, 'I’ve got another story I want to tell,'” Newman explained. If Whedon decides Buffy has more tales to tell, that’ll be everything fans want.
But until then, if nobody’s sure what to do with the series, avoiding a disappointing cash grab is the next best thing.