Buffy the Vampire Slayer revival is 'frequently' discussed, says Fox head

Lawrence Kim
March 13, 2018

At the INTVconference in Jerusalem, the Fox chairman said that Buffy is "the most ripe show we have for bringing back", according to a report from Variety. The series starred Sarah Michelle Gellar in the title role alongside Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, Charisma Carpenter, Anthony Stewart Head, David Boreanaz, Seth Green, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amber Benson, and Kristine Sutherland.

"It's something we talk about frequently, and Joss Whedon is really one of the greatest creators we ever worked with", Newman said at the INTV Conference in Israel (h/t Variety). It celebrated its 20th anniversary a year ago, after originally running for seven seasons, five on the WB and two on UPN.

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 made a decision to step back in to the world of Sunnydale.

Fox has recently brought a few of its other series back from the dead, including "The X-Files", "24" and "Prison Break".

A revival of Whedon's landmark '90s supernatural series has been bandied about since the show went off the air in 2003.

Tell us, what do you make of this news? "If you do it cynically, if you don't have a great creative reason to do it, I don't think it's going to work". Luckily most of my actors still look wonderful, but I'm not anxious about them being creaky. You don't want that feeling that you should have left before the encore. Newman's comments stemmed from a conversation about the current trend towards rebooting beloved shows, giving hope to Buffy fans that they may once again see The Slayer on the small screen. There was even talk of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie reboot eight years ago.

A Fox executive says that a Buffy the Vampire Slayer revival has been "frequently" discussed at the Fox Television Group. Most of the time it starts with a creator coming in.

Gellar (aka Buffy, herself) celebrated the series' 21st anniversary last weekend by sharing a nostalgia-packed Instagram gallery of her favorite moments. "She taught me it wasn't about being ideal; it was about trying the hardest to be the best you you can be". And I love that it can live in comic form and graphic novels.

And really, do we need more "Buffy"? Of course, hardcore Buffy fans have been keeping up with the adult-aged Scoobies in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, which are now up to Season 12.

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