Fox Wants To Bring Back Buffy The Vampire Slayer With Joss Whedon

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If you’re loving the TV revivals that have been coming out of Hollywood lately, this news might get you psyched. As we wait patiently for pilots of reboots for ’90s favorites like Charmed, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Roswell, there’s been one cult-fave mysteriously missing. But that may not be the case for long! According to Entertainment WeeklyBuffy The Vampire Slayer could be coming back — and even better, it sounds like series creator/Whedonverse mastermind Joss Whedon would be involved with the show’s revival if it does.

So far, there’s no word on whether a revival could include the original stars or a brand new cast entirely, but it sounds like Fox is very interested in bringing this story back to life. According to Variety, the network’s chair, Gary Newman, revealed that a Buffy revival has been at the top of their list while speaking at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem, but he’s only down for the project if Joss is going to be involved.

“Most times when we brought things back, it started with the creator coming to us and saying I’ve got another story I want to tell,” he said at the conference. “It seems to me that if there isn’t a real sense of nostalgia, a passionate fan base demonstrating they still want it then I don’t really buy bringing these shows back.” Elsewhere, he mentioned, “I think if you look in our library, Buffy is probably the most ripe show we have for bringing back… When Joss decides it’s time, we’ll do it. And until Joss decides it’s time, it won’t happen.”

Now, you’re probably wondering where Joss stands on all this, and it actually sounds like he might be into the idea. While talking to Entertainment Weekly in honor of the show’s 20th anniversary last year, he said that he’s been amazed by the impact Buffy is still having even two decades later, so maybe because of that he will decide to approach Gary with some fresh ideas.

“The most important thing to me is that I have had people come up to me and say the show made me feel different about what they could be, about what they could do, about how they respond to problems, about being a female leader,” he said in the EW interview. “People getting strength from my own little terrors is… There is no better legacy than that.”

It definitely doesn’t sound like this is happening quite yet, but it’s definitely a good sign for fans that a revival is up for discussion. With a passionate fanbase like the one that Buffy has, it could be a slam dunk for Fox… especially if they decide to get Sarah Michelle Gellar involved. Maybe we’ll get to see SMG’s Buffy acting as an advisor to a younger slayer? We know slayers can live concurrently ever since the series finale in 2003.

Honestly, between this news and all the other revivals brewing, it’s a really good time for television if you were super into teen shows in the ’90s and early 2000s. Fingers crossed that this Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot might actually get the green light!