FOX Chair Says Buffy the Vampire Slayer Could Get Revival

Gary Newman at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem

For one thing, a big factor is whether a new "Buffy" would be a revival, continuing the story with (potentially) original series star Sarah Michelle Gellar reprising the title role, or a pure reboot, tripping back to the original premise of "teen girl struggles with high school by day and slays vampires by night" with a whole new cast. "And until Joss decides it's time, it won't happen". I'm sure the fans are incredibly disappointed to hear that answer, but I think they'd be more disappointed if we created something and it didn't live up to the expectation because the expectation is so incredibly high.

Newman didn't specify a reboot or a revival, but clarified that he wasn't announcing anything official. He's, of course, referring to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the long-running WB-turned-UPN series about a chosen one who fights vampires, demons, forces of darkness, and a loan shark that's literally a shark. While Newman didn't confirm a reboot is coming or even in the beginning planning stages, it's clear that it would have a home if Whedon chose to step back in to the world of Sunnydale. It's not clear whether or not a revival or reboot would take the comics into consideration. "You bring something back, and even if it's exactly as good as it was, the experience can't be", he told THR. You don't want that feeling that you should have left before the encore.

The comments came during a chat about the current trend towards reviving beloved series.


Perhaps now that Whedon has stepped away from the Batgirl movie and committed to co-writing season 12 of the Buffy comic book, he may be leaning towards bringing the BTVS universe back to the small screen.

But does Whedon feel like it's time? "It would just make so many people happy". Most of the time it starts with a creator coming in. The TV show is now celebrating 21 years since it first hit The WB, but only last year, Whedon slammed the idea of reboots for never living up to their originals. "She taught me it wasn't about being flawless; it was about trying the hardest to be the best you you can be". She had to train and work hard at her craft.

And really, do we need more "Buffy"? But when we first brought it back it was Chris and David and Gillian.

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