Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later: the latest TV show to get the reboot treatment is beloved supernatural teen drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Joss Whedon and Fox are bringing Buffy back from the dead — again. Don't warn the tadpoles! (If you got that reference you are a true Buffy stan and I salute you).
Agents of Shield writer Monica Breen will write the new series and serve as showrunner. The Reporter says that while the show is still in the early stages of development and has not started casting, the idea is to center the show around a black actress. "The new version, sources say, will be contemporary and build on the mythology of the original," added the Reporter. "Like today's world, the new Buffy will be richly diverse, with some aspects of the series, like the flagship, seen as metaphors for issues facing society today."
The time is definitely ripe to bring a little ass-kicking girl power back to TV, but is Joss Whedon really the person to do it, even from a distance? Last year his ex-wife Kai Cole accused him of some incredibly toxic behavior, which Sharp Objects creator and former Buffy showrunner Marti Noxon said 'broke her heart.' But with the show so early in development there's no telling how involved Whedon will be.
Does Buffy need to be rebooted? Upon reflection the show holds up — well, everything except Sarah Michelle Gellar's acting — but the world that the show created was so rich there are certainly more stories to tell (which has been happening in the Buffy comic books since the show ended). With the amount of tames the titular slayer returned from the dead, its no surprise that the show is doing the same.