TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer to be '˜rebooted'

Cult TV favourite Buffy The Vampire Slayer is being remade - more than 20 years after the first episode.
The original cast. Picture: Contributed.The original cast. Picture: Contributed.
The original cast. Picture: Contributed.

The supernatural drama ran from 1997 to 2003 and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar in the lead role.

The show was created by Joss Whedon and dubbed a feminist parable.

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The Hollywood Reporter, which revealed the reboot, said that an unnamed black actress will step into the star role, previously held by Gellar, in the “contemporary” adaptation.

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Whedon will executive produce the series, penned by Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D writer Monica Owusu-Breen, and a network is yet to be confirmed.

But not everyone has welcomed the reboot.

@michaelp93 wrote on Twitter: “I’m sorry but literally nobody asked for a Buffy reboot. A revival... yes. But not a reboot.

“The original TV series told a perfect story and did everything it set out to do (revolutionising television in the process). Why would you mess with such greatness?”

And @lilliamr wrote: “I loved Buffy. But you know what else I love? When Hollywood looks at new stories by people of colour instead of rebooting old ones and changing the casting.”

Gellar, who played vampire-battling high school student Buffy, recently marked 21 years since the first episode of the show by sharing snaps from behind the scenes.

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And she told Entertainment Weekly: “It’s the ultimate metaphor: horrors of adolescence manifesting through these actual monsters. It’s the hardest time of life.”

Buffy also starred British actor Anthony Head, who the Press Association recently revealed has landed a role as a smooth-talker in Radio 4 soap The Archers, playing Rupert Giles.