A reboot of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is finally happening and, this time, The Slayer will be black.
Monica Breen, who worked with "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon on ABC's "Agents of SHIELD," has been hired to write the new reboot and act as showrunner, according to THR.
The new version, reports Deadline, will be pitched to both streaming and cable networks this summer. It will also have a contemporary setting, building on the mythology established by the original series, which aired on both The WB and UPN. According to Deadline, per the reboot's producers: “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.”
"The diversity in the show’s description reflects the producers’ intention for the new slayer to be African American," according to Deadline's sources. The series is still in its early days, the trade reports -- no script yet, with many details still being ironed out on the story level.
The Buffyverse has had several black slayers, including Jamaican Kendra (Bianca Lawson), who was summoned after Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar)'s first untimely death. Not to mention The First Slayer and a '70s vamp-killer whom Spike (James Marsters) memorably battled on the NYC subway. But Buffy herself (and her friends, love interests, and most of the villains) were all white.
It's not clear how involved Whedon will be with the reboot, which doesn't yet have a network attached. Whedon is currently working on "The Nevers" for HBO.
As recently as March of 2017, Whedon said he was concerned about a reboot of the cult favorite, telling THR: "I see a little bit of what I call monkey's paw in these reboots. You bring something back, and even if it's exactly as good as it was, the experience can't be. You've already experienced it, and part of what was great was going through it for the first time. You have to meet expectations and adjust it for the climate, which is not easy."
We're intrigued. As long The Slayer doesn't have an annoying little sister this time around.