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Sarah Michelle Gellar makes it clear that she’s done playing Buffy, but she still knows how the fan-favorite teen horror show can go on.

Sarah Michelle Gellar is officially done with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but she still wants it to continue. Buffy the Vampire Slayer centers on the story of the eponymous teenager destined to serve as a protector of the world with the responsibility of killing as many vampires as possible. Buffy, who has no desire to be the Slayer, is chosen by fate and given superhuman powers to aid her in her quest. With super strength, healing, and precognition, she works with other students at her high school to take on vampires and other threats.

Gellar has won acclaim for her performance as a vampire slayer, which has inspired many young women over its seven seasons. Still, while Gellar made it clear that she had no interest in returning to the franchise even before the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie failed, that doesn’t mean she wants Buffy the Vampire Slayer to fail. When asked if she was interested in reprising her role in an interview with SFX Magazine, transcribed by CBR, Gellar clarified that she still sees value in Buffy the Vampire Slayer but will no longer appear. Check out his quote below:

I’m not. I’m very proud of the show we’ve created, and it doesn’t need to be done. We concluded that. I’m all for them continuing the story, because there’s the story of female empowerment. I love how the show was left: “Every girl who has power can have power. It’s perfectly set up for someone else to have the power. But like I said, Buffy’s metaphors were the horrors of adolescence. I think I look young, but I’m not a teenager.

What happened to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot?

A reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was announced in 2018, but the past few years have seen the project come to an abrupt halt. A recent disappointing update revealed that it has been officially put on ‘pause’, meaning the reboot has fallen into production limbo and is unlikely to get away. With no word on casting updates, plot details, or even if the reboot would take place in the same universe as the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there were few updates to remember, and the pause means the project probably won’t go anywhere anytime soon.

Should we reboot Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer can still attract audiences, as long as the project is in the right hands. With Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever proving that female-led superhero movies can break box office records, a show centered around the superpowered Buffy should still be able to build a passionate fan base and faithful. With superheroes growing in prominence year on year, Buffy can easily reclaim her place as a pop culture mainstay if the reboot can kick off after falling into limbo, especially when the vampire slaying Blade is on the way in 2024.

Of course, even if Buffy the Vampire Slayer may find fans, that doesn’t mean the project is entirely necessary. Without Sarah Michelle Gellar, who truly owned the role of Buffy and added a sharp wit and a considerable amount of depth to the character, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise simply isn’t the same. Also, Disney’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is in trouble for several reasons. Between the allegations that Joss Whedon created a toxic work environment and the many other bigger franchises Disney has to work with, Buffy the Vampire Slayer just isn’t a priority. The reboot doesn’t need to be done, so it’s possible they never do.

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