Scoobies rejoice – Buffy the Vampire Slayer may well be getting a reboot. Speaking at the INTV conference in Jerusalem, Fox Chairman and CEO Gary Newman stated that the acclaimed 90s supernatural series is “probably the most ripe show we have for bringing back… It’s something we talk about frequently. Joss Whedon is one of the greatest creators we’ve ever worked for.” Newman did add that nothing is in the pipeline yet but when Joss is ready, Fox will be too.
The comments came during a discussion about reviving older franchises for film and TV, specifically with regards to Fox’s role in bringing back The X-Files and the fact that they’re also developing a new season of 24. When asked why Fox is so keen to do this (as opposed to creating new, original content), Newman cited that such endeavours come with built-in familiarity that mitigates many risks: “in this world with nearly 500 scripted series, getting a leg up on marketing is an opportunity”.
Whatever your opinion is about reboots, you can’t fault Newman’s reasoning – nostalgia sells and knowing there is a massive fanbase to exploit work with is a no-brainer. Also, it’s worth noting that there are a lot of famous names from the 90s that have already had their second coming or will do soon. A new Stargate web-series premiered just last month and earlier this year, Netflix announced a darker reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Whether or not anything materialises from Newman’s comments remains to be seen, but if Buffy does came back to our screens with a new Slayer, a new big-bad and new colourful sidekicks, it will be in good company.
Buffy premiered in 1997 and ran for seven seasons to critical and popular acclaim. The series made star Sarah Michelle Gellar a household name, along with Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Anthony Stewart Head and David Boreanaz. Boreanaz also starred in his own spin-off, Angel, which ran until 2004.