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Remember the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot series? Looks like it’s dead in the water

August 30th, 2022 by Marc Comments

Cast your mind back, gentle reader, to 2018. It was a gentler time, a time before that damned virus and all it brought, a time when we could dream about Buffy Summers killing vampires with her school friends. Ah yes, a simpler time.

Then, travel with me further, if you would, as we remind you of the announcement that TV producer Monica Owusu-Breen and Buffy creator Joss Whedon were teaming up to bring the world a new Slayer (here) and how, shortly after, Owusu-Breen reassured us that it was not the dreaded reboot but a sequel of sorts set twenty years later (here), when a new Slayer was needed: “So here we are, it’s twenty years later and maybe it’s time to meet a new Slayer…”

Recall too, how original cast member Amber Benson was very excited to see the story carrying on with Joss Whedon coming back (here) and then our disappointment when Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar seemed to be saying that she had no interest in coming back and that she was a “wee bit, how do they say, long in the tooth for that [and] way too tired and cranky to put in that work again.”

Ah, yes, it was a time of optimism and excitement.

It as four years ago.

Joss Whedon is, it seems, actually the devil.

The Buffy The Vampire Slayer spin-offs that almost happened…

And now we’re jaded, older and ready for the inevitable apocalypse. But it looks like we’re facing it alone.

In a new interview, reporter Lesley Goldberg confirmed that the reboot was stuck in “purgatory”.

Goldberg’s response has been transcribed below.

“The Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot that was announced or put in development back in 2018? Executive producer Gail Berman recently told our colleague … Katie Kilkenny, that it is quote, ‘on pause’—which is industry speak for purgatory. So, make of that what you will.”

It’s sad that the return of such an iconic world, character and mythology has fallen short once again – see our link above for how big the ‘Buffy-verse’ almost became – but we doubt it’s the last time we’ll hear of a potential sequel/reboot/continuation as there’s few worlds that set up more adventures that Buffy’s did.

And we’ll be here when it happens and you’ll be the first to know when it’s announced.

Source: THR

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….