Monica Owusu-Breen, who worked with Whedon on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., will write the script for the new project. A network is not attached yet, but Whedon will executive produce and has reportedly been working with Owusu-Breen on the script.
A black actress will be stepping into the role of Buffy made famous by Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui will also serve as executive producers on the series. Fox 21 TV Studios will pitch the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot to streaming and cable outlets later this summer.
“The new version,” THR says, “will be contemporary and build on the mythology of the original. Like today’s world, the new Buffy will be richly diverse, with some aspects of the series, like the flagship, seen as metaphors for issues facing society today.”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran for seven seasons on The WB Network and UPN. The series continued as a comic book after completing its run in 2003. The series was based on the feature film, starring Kristy Swanson, that was written by Whedon.
Owusu-Breen’s credits include Midnight, Texas, Revolution, Brothers & Sisters, Alias, Lost and Charmed.