Sarah Michelle Gellar Confirms She Will Not Take Part In Buffy Reboot

Credit: 20th Century Fox Television

A Buffy The Vampire Slayer reboot has been talked about since 2018, with various hints as to who might and who might not want to be involved from the original series. Now it looks like the series from Fox will be going ahead, and Sarah Michelle Gellar has confirmed that she is not going to be involved.

Gellar was guesting on the On With Mario podcast from Saved By The Bell‘s Mario Lopez the other day, talking about the Feeding America Project. While there, Lopez asked her about the reboot and whether she thought of taking part.

She explained that she didn’t think it would be right, joking that she was “Too long in the tooth” and “Way too tired and cranky to put in that kind of work again.”

Commenting about the series, she said, “What worked for Buffy was that the monsters represented… were a metaphor for the horrors of adolescence and… it would be interesting to see how a chosen one would deal with that… I don’t think it should be me… [but] I love that the story holds up and that people are calling for that.”

Other than the fact that there is a reboot in development, very little has been revealed about the story. Rumour is that it will build on the whole mythology of the original, while having a contemporary setting. Even more horrors of adolescence for the Chosen One to potentially deal with, then…

It has been reported that Monica Owusu-Breen, creator of Midnight, Texas, has been hired to write, showrun and executive produce. It is uncertain at this time whether series creator Joss Whedon will be involved following the recent allegations of the “toxic work environment” he creates on set from a number of former Buffy stars.

It is expected that the series will be pitched to cable and streaming networks. Given that the success of the original greatly benefited both Warner Bros TV Network and 20th Century Fox TV, there should be no shortage of clients bidding for the reboot property.

Carolyn Hucker

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