News of a reboot of Buffy The Vampire Slayer emerged earlier this week, but it could be that fans of the fantasy show may be getting more than they bargained for.
The writer of the new project has hinted that it could actually be a revival instead.
Original series creator Joss Whedon is working up the plans with Monica Owusu-Breen, a producer and writer from shows like Fringe, Alias, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Lost.
It will feature a new, African-American actress in the lead role, but Owusu-Breen looks to be trying to quash rumours that whoever bags the role will be the ‘new Buffy’.
“For some genre writers it’s Star Wars. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my Star Wars,” she said in a statement via her Twitter page.
“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.
“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.”
Some fans are interpreting this to mean that the new project will be a continuation of the original series, and, taking that to its logical conclusion, that it may potentially feature some of the original cast-members along the way.
It could temper anger among some factions of the show’s fandom who have unleashed fury on the possibility that anyone other than Sarah Michelle Gellar could play Buffy.
The cult hit ran from 1997 to 2003, over seven seasons and 144 episodes, spawning spin-off novels, comic books, video games and even fan films.