Buffy Reboot Showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen Comments on New Slayer Backlash

Buffy Reboot Showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen Comments on New Slayer Backlash

The Buffy the vampire slayer reboot may be getting a new slayer.Showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen took to Twitter following backlash of the announcement of the reboot.And that Buffy, originally played by Sarah Michelle gellar, would be played by a black actress.Owusu-Breen reassured fans by letting them know how much she loves and respects the original.

In a statement posted to Twitter, new ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen has addressed the backlash to the planned reboot of the cult drama.Owusu-Breen who is set to write the adaptation of Joss Whedon’s beloved vampire drama noted that the time is right to “meet a new Slayer.”

“For some genre writers, it’s Star Wars. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my Star Wars.Before I became a writer, I was a fan.For seven seasons, I watched Buffy Summers grow up, find love, kill that love.

I watched her fight, and struggle and slay,” she wrote.”There is only one Buffy. One Xander, one Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Oz, Tara,
Kendra, Faith, Spike, Angel.They can’t be replaced. Joss Whedon’s brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated.

I wouldn’t try to. But here we are, 20 years later … and the world seems a lot scarier.So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer … And that’s all I can say.” Owusu-Breen previously worked with Whedon on ABC’s Marvel drama ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Monica Owusu-Breen
Showrunner, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reboot “There is only one Buffy, So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer…”

News of the planned ‘Buffy’ reboot broke Friday and was met almost immediately with backlash. Although many fans expressed excitement at the idea of a new take on the show with Whedon involved, many others shared their disappointmentthat anyone would attempt to replicate the original.

The reboot will feature a black actress stepping into the role of Buffy.The project, which does not yet have a script or a network, will be contemporary
and build on the original’s mythology.The new ‘Buffy’ will also be richly diverse, and (as in the original) some aspects of the series will be seen as metaphors for issues facing society.

It’s unclear if Whedon will have any additional role beyond executive producer on the new ‘Buffy’ due to his other commitments, which include HBO’s recent straight-to-series order ‘The Nevers.’ Whedon and Owusu-Breen have been working closely together on the reboot. Casting has not yet been determined.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reboot is currently in-development by Joss Whedon and 20th Centry Fox.

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