Nov 4, 2021

Fox CEO Mentions ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Reboot

Gary Newman, Chairman, and CEO of FOX, was at the INTV conference at Jerusalem and he said that this had been discussed at the network, however, let the maker Joss Whedon decide on it. He also refused to confirm anything due to fear that he won’t manage “to get out of the building alive.”

In Newman’s words, Buffy the Vampire Slayer “is probably the most ripe show we have for bringing back. It’s something we talk about frequently. Joss Whedon is one of the greatest creators we’ve ever worked for. When Joss decides it’s time, we’ll do it.

“Reboots aren’t actually a focus for us,” he further said. “Most of the time it starts with a creator coming in. Admittedly, we chased The X-Files for a while. But when we first brought it back, it was Chris and David and Gillian. The 24 franchise… we’ll always want it.”

The key benefit with reboots according to Newman, is the pre-existing publicity in a highly crowded TV series market.

“In this world with nearly 500 scripted series, getting a leg up on marketing is an opportunity,” Newman said, but also observed, “If you do it cynically if you don’t have a great creative reason to do it, I don’t think it’s going to work.”

Last weekend was the 21st anniversary of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The show’s lead star Sarah Michelle Gellar commemorated the occasion of “Buffy Slay Day” by sharing a photo gallery post.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the anniversary of #btvs is the same week as #internationalwomensday,” Gellar wrote. “I have always believed that the world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. We have all learned a lot from Buffy, and the best part is, that never ends. ‘From now on, we won’t just face our fears; we will seek them out. We will find them, and cut their hearts out one by one. There is only one thing on earth more powerful than evil, and that’s us’”

Buffy’s last run on TV was in 2003. The story has been continued by Dark Horse comics since 2007.

Source: Deadline