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Monica Owusu-Breen clarifies facts about the Buffy Reboot....

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Last week, news filtered out of SDCC that ‘Midnight, Texas’ writer, Monica Owusu-Breen, was working with Joss Whedon on a reboot of beloved series ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’. Now, Owusu-Breen has taken to Twitter to try and ease the minds of fans a little. It seems the word “reboot” in those initial reports might be misplaced…
This was her statement:

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To us, here at Geektown, that’s sounding a lot more like a continuation of the Buffyverse, not a reboot of the original characters, which seems like an infinitely better idea. As you may remember, the show finished with the power of the Slayer being spread out across all the potential Slayers in the world. The Buffyverse was then continued in comic book form after the tv series ended, with the gang getting into various scrapes after the Slayers are marked as a terrorist group.However, we also know, at some point, the power of the Slayer seems to converge back again into one person. This is due to the Buffyverse title, Fray, which follows a Slayer set way further in the future. So it’s entirely possible to create a new show where the power has been reverted back into only being in one person. I mean… It’s even possible we could be getting a Fray series, but at this point, we just don’t know.

Assuming it isn’t a Fray series and is set in current time, this option, rather than an actual reboot, could allow for cameos from all the original cast to appear in the new show, should they wish to come back. As Buffy herself is actually outside of the Slayer line – due to her dying at the hands of The Master, then being revived – she could also appear. Faith though, being the actual Slayer in the Slayer line, might not be so lucky…

So there you have it. It looks like this is a new Buffyverse series, not an actual reboot of the original. The ‘[Insert name] The Vampire Slayer’ series is still in the early stages at the moment, but we’ll bring you more as we get it.


via Writer Monica Owusu-Breen Clarifies Some Things About The Buffy “Reboot”
 

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@Spanky this is a chance for them to get things right with characters, having another Willow with the same story, no thanks! Having a completely different character I'll give it a go
 

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I seriously am just gutted by this. Not even joking. I'm like. Damn. #sadface
 

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@Spanky this is a chance for them to get things right with characters, having another Willow with the same story, no thanks! Having a completely different character I'll give it a go
I don't care now. It's not Buffy. I wanted a new Buffy done right. Not... whatever this is. I wanted them to fix Buffy.
 
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I don't care now. It's not Buffy. I wanted a new Buffy done right. Not... whatever this is. I wanted them to fix Buffy.
I understand what you mean, however what you see needing fixing, could be someone else's perfect moment, so no they were never going to do that, they couldn't change the characters that much or there would be too much outcry.
 

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they couldn't change the characters that much or there would be too much outcry.
And that's the problem I have with it. I don't want them playing safe and then dropping cameos when ratings slump. I wanted a new Buffy story. With an African-American Buffy facing the problems of today.

UNLESS!!!!

The series retcons season 7. If they can do something like that I might be interested.
 

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I'm hoping that it's a completely new telling of the story, starting with the new slayer being called, and not really even referencing the show we have seen. A clean slate so to speak
 

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I'm hoping that it's a completely new telling of the story, starting with the new slayer being called, and not really even referencing the show we have seen. A clean slate so to speak
But they kinda have to reference it. There's a whole army of slayers out there. The Buffyverse has changed so much since the show went off the air. If they follow canon it just sounds like it could be a mess. If they retcon it, might be different. But they'd have to retcon the end of Chosen and not make 'every girl' who could be a slayer one.

It should be ONE GIRL (and that one girl should be Buffy)... the end of chosen changed that.
 
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It definitely shouldn't be ONE slayer. Buffy changed that a long time ago.

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No they don't they restart it from the beginning, so no need to think about the comics or tv show, it's a complete AU. Yes though only one slayer
 
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"it's a complete AU" I didn't take it as that.

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Oh it's sweeps week, let's see what original cast member we can get for a cheap cameo but just to get extra viewers. I really loathe the idea of it continuing.
 
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The AU is what I want!
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I don't want any cameos, if they have to get people from the original series involved then let it be behind the scenes, David can direct an episode or something! Or maybe you can just have someone singing off scene!
 
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You're going to get cameos. And you'll love the cameos because every Buffy fan wants cameos! Oh maybe if it lasts long enough we can get Buffy! oh, I hope Faith. James Marsters still looks good, he could show up. Clem!! Clem!! Sod off.

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A big sigh of relief! This is going to be Slayer: The Next Generation rather than some rehash of the original series. If so, they are going in the right direction. Trying to shoehorn new characters into the same old stories and inviting comparisons is not the way to go. They will be able to show stories for the generation that spends its life staring at a phone and feels the need to be connected to each other no matter what. The only hint we saw of this was when Buffy accidentally threatened Cordelia with a stake and she had to pull out her phone, pull out its antenna and call everyone she knew.
 

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Well, I’m pleased as I’m all for a continuation rather than a new ”Buffy” character. But good for them, generating this buzz.

I don’t mind cameos really.
:)
 
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I'm glad they're not trying to redo the original characters.

I think they might have new Buffy be college aged because it would give her the freedom of not having to hide things from parents. One of the side kicks would be her roommate.
 

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I still find this statement very non-informative on whether it will actually be a reboot or a revival. Yes, she says all the other characters are unique and that she doesn't want to try to replicate what came before, but she could still start out with the same mythology as the initial show and just give the new slayer a different name...

Right now, I'm expecting some sort of spin-off though....which is okay, though it would bother me if all the original characters are mentioned but never seen and you only get characters like Andrew for guest spots, that already felt....strange in season five of Angel. Though I'm not opposed to the idea of them getting original Buffy stars like Sarah, Eliza, Aly onto the show. But that should not happen in the first season. If there is opportunity for guest spots, recurring roles, I think it should be later in its life and not in the first season where it should create its own identity.

I'm excited about the opportunity to engage in the Buffyverse again and the opportunity to bring new life to the fandom.

But let's also keep in mind that there is no script yet, no network or streaming service attached, it is in development. It can still die in development like the Buffy movie reboot from a couple of years ago.
 

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"Oh, I meant, I would be doing a totally different Buffy to SMG's Buffy when I said there was only one Buffy." lol
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