Sarah Michelle Gellar is currently running a successful home-baking business called Foodstirs and has been on and off TV since Buffy The Vampire Slayer. With the current “reboot and revival culture” going on in Hollywood, it’s no surprise that the idea of revisiting Sunnydale, or at least vampire slayers, has come up. So how does the Chosen One feel about the reboot that’s already in the works?
Sarah Michelle Gellar is supportive of a reboot, but does it need to happen?
In an interview with BuzzFeed News’ AM to DM on Oct. 16, Gellar talked about the reboot, which she’s said in the past she won’t appear in. “I’m all for them rebooting it. I think it’s an important story,” she said. “I think there’s a way to modernize it and tell a different story now. I think the way we ended lends itself to it, but at the same time, I’m so proud of the show that we made.”
After noting that Buffy is still so well-received today, she asked, “So does it really need to be done again?”
‘Buffy’ is still relevant
Regardless of the takes on whether Buffy should receive a new life, Gellar told Forbes on Oct. 23 that the show is still relevant today, even though it ran from 1997 to 2003. “I think if you tell a great story, ultimately the viewers are there… [with] Buffy, I always say we used the horrors of adolescence, you know, metamorphosized into actual, literal, demons,” she said. “And that time period is something we all experience, whether you’re, you know, middle class, upper class, east coast, west coast, middle of America, no matter what religion you were raised, that echoes, that has a truth and it’s something that people can relate to.”
She ended that thought by saying, “I think those are the stories that will last the test of time.”
Gellar’s kids don’t want to watch her movies
Even though many fans will rewatch Buffy or other Gellar projects to get ready for the upcoming reboot, even if she’s not in it, don’t expect her kids to. “The other day were flipping channels and I Know What You Did Last Summer came on,” she told AM to DM.
“My daughter looked for a couple of seconds and she was like, ‘Mom, is that you? Is that Dad? Is that Deacon [Phillippe]’s dad?’ And then I was like, ‘Oh, you should watch! The first five minutes is all you can see.’ And she was like, ‘No, Harry Potter‘s on.'”
The reboot will be made by someone who really respects the original
Monica Owusu-Breen will be the showrunner for the reboot, and after it was announced, she posted a note on her Twitter in response to some of the backlash the news got. “For some genre writers, it’s Star Wars. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my Star Wars,” she wrote. “Before I became a writer, I was a fan. For seven seasons, I watched Buffy Summers grow up, find love, kill that love. I watched her fight and struggle and slay.
She made sure to make it clear that the beloved characters won’t be replaced. “There is only one Buffy. One Xander, one Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Oz, Tara, Kendra, Faith, Spike, Angel,” she wrote. “They can’t be replaced. Joss Whedon’s brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated.”
She concluded by saying that the world has gotten a bit scarier, so it might be time for a new slayer.