Marti Noxon, executive producer and writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, wasn’t a big fan of the new show’s announcement, at least not at first. Calling the original show a “sacred text,” Noxon was firmly in the No Remake! camp. Having learned more about what’s in store, she’s changed her tune.
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Noxon shared her initial hesitation about the news that Buffy was coming back, a surprise which was revealed during San Diego Comic-Con (though not actually part of a panel or event there). “I’ll be honest, initially I was like, ‘Nooo! Don’t touch the sacred text!’” Noxon told TheWrap. “But the more I learned about it, the more excited I got.”
This new show is being helmed by Monica Owusu-Breen (and executive produced by original creator Joss Whedon). Owusu-Breen has promised that this incarnation is not actually a reboot, but a new story with a new Slayer, who will be a woman of color. Noxon said that gave her a lot more confidence, both in the new show and its showrunner.
“I’m excited that there is a female showrunner, and that she’s a woman of color writing about a woman of color,” Noxon told TheWrap. “So I’m actually really pumped for it.”
Noxon has been getting asked about Buffy a lot recently. Just a few months ago she was asked about how the feminism of the show holds up in 2018 and delved into the treatment of the character Tara (played by Amber Benson).