Despite being over 20 years old, Buffy The Vampire Slayer holds up as a truly iconic show that continues to resonate with viewers today. Star Sarah Michelle Gellar recognized the show’s impact on the 20th anniversary:
“20 years ago today, I had the greatest privilege to bring Buffy to your TV screens for the first time. It was a long and challenging road to get there. First the movie, then a passed over pilot presentation, and eventually a mid season time slot on a little known network. That first season, we liked to think of ourselves as the little show that could. While we knew the potential, I don’t think any of us saw the lasting impact our show would have.”
A reboot of the show was announced in 2018, and is still in the works. The good thing is that it will be more of a continuation than a straight reboot, and show runner Monica Owusu-Breen assured fans that it would be more of a sequel.
“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.”
— monicaowusubreen (@monicabreen) July 26, 2018
Sarah Michelle Gellar is getting back into television with the upcoming show Other People’s Houses, and while she was promoting the project on BuzzFeed News’ AM to DM, and she was asked about the upcoming reboot series. She fully supports the project, but don’t expect to see her reprising her role as Slayer.
“I’m all for them rebooting it. I think it’s an important story. I think there’s a way to modernize it and tell a different story now. I think the way we ended lends itself to it, but at the same time, I’m so proud of the show that we made. So does it really need to be done again?”
She told Forbes that even though the show ended in 2003, it still resonates with viewers of all ages today.
“I think if you tell a great story, ultimately the viewers are there… [with] Buffy, I always say we used the horrors of adolescence, you know, metamorphosized into actual, literal, demons. And that time period is something we all experience, whether you’re, you know, middle class, upper class, east coast, west coast, middle of America, no matter what religion you were raised, that echoes, that has a truth and it’s something that people can relate to. I think those are the stories that will last the test of time.”
So, will you be watching the new show when it comes out, or will you just rewatch the original series for the 17th time?