For at least one generation, that was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a TV show that stood alone against the sitcoms, the cartoons, and the forces of boredom. And now, like Willow making a sacrifice to Osiris, Buffy is being dragged out of its peaceful rest.
As confirmed over San Diego Comic-Con weekend, 20th Century Fox are rebooting the hit series, with Joss Whedon returning as an executive producer to the show he created, with Monica Owusu-Breen (whose credits include Fringe, Agents of SHIELD, and Midnight, Texas) serving as showrunner.
Few other details have been made available yet, as the show doesn't even have a network (although you'd imagine there'll be a bidding war to come), but the reports have stated that "like our world, it will be richly diverse, and like the original, some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for issues facing us all today," and that it will feature a black actress in the lead role.
It's easy to see why Fox are keen on bringing it back, since the show remains as relevant as ever and even more popular than when it actually aired, but already they've started making some mistakes, despite the fact that a new Slayer series should be relatively easy to get right.
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