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‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Reboot With Black Lead in the Works

Monica Owusu-Breen to pen reboot from 20th Century Fox Television

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is the next series up for a reboot.

20th Century Fox has put a reboot of the Joss Whedon series from “Midnight, Texas” creator Monica Owusu-Breen into development, TheWrap has confirmed.

The new take, which Whedon will also executive produce, is set to feature a black lead character.

Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui are also attached to serve as executive producers on the new potential series. No network is attached, though producers are set to begin shopping the series later this year.

The original series, starring by Sarah Michelle Gellar as the titular hero, ran for seven seasons beginning in 1997, five on The WB and two more on UPN. The fan-favorite series is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, and launched the careers of stars Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Anthony Stewart Head and David Boreanaz.

News of the “Buffy” reboot comes one week after Whedon marked his return to television as as writer, showrunner and executive producer of the HBO sci-fi series “The Nevers.”

Owusu-Breen, who recently served as co-EP on Whedon’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” has vast experience in the genre space, including credits on “Lost,” “Alias,” “Fringe,” “Charmed” and “Revolution.” She also served as showrunner on the first season of NBC’s “Midnight, Texas” adaptation.