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Sarah Michelle Gellar shuts down talk of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot

Charisa Bossinakis

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Sarah Michelle Gellar shuts down talk of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot

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Sarah Michelle Gellar has shut down rumors of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, saying ‘it doesn’t need to be done’.

The scream queen recently sat down with Indie Wire to address rumors about returning to the popular '90s show.

While the actor has no bad words to say of the series, she has no plans to revisit it.


“I am very proud of the show that we created and it doesn’t need to be done,” Gellar said about reprising the role.

“We wrapped that up.”

Credit:  Billy Bennight/ZUMA Press Wire/Alamy
Credit: Billy Bennight/ZUMA Press Wire/Alamy

The actor continued: “I love the way the show was left: ‘Every girl who has the power can have the power.’


"It’s set up perfectly for someone else to have the power. But like I said, the metaphors of Buffy were the horrors of adolescence. I think I look young, but I am not an adolescent.”

But does this potentially mean Gellar would pass her stake onto another slayer?

It’s unlikely, as while a reboot was reported to be in the works, news broke last year that it had been scrapped.

According to Collider, rather than have Buffy at the helm, the reboot would follow a new slayer, this time a young, Black, female lead.


The series was set to air on CW, with the original series creator Joss Whedon attached as an executive producer.

However, as Whedon has faced allegations of abusive behavior from his colleagues, ex-wife and even a few Buffy cast members, if a reboot is ever underway, the network might have to ditch Whedon.

In February 2021, Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase in the original series, claimed the show creator made passive-aggressive comments toward her and even pressured her to abort her baby when she fell pregnant during the shooting of Buffy’s spin-off, Angel.


In a statement, she wrote: “In that closed-door meeting, he asked me if I was 'going to keep it' and manipulatively weaponized my womanhood and faith against me.

“He proceeded to attack my character, mock my religious beliefs, accuse me of sabotaging the show, and then unceremoniously fired me the following season once I gave birth."

Following the statement, Gellar praised her former co-star.

She wrote: “While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don't want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon.


Gellar added: “I stand with all survivors of abuse and I'm proud of them for speaking out."

Whedon eventually responded to the claims of improper behavior in an interview with Vulture, where he said: "If I am upsetting somebody, it will be a problem for me."

Topics: Film & TV, News, Film and TV, Celebrity

Charisa Bossinakis
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