"And until Joss decides it's time, it won't happen", he said. However, despite my massive love for Buffy, it's probably the last show we need to reboot right now. "When Joss decides it's time, we'll do it". It was a great show (even with the loan shark), and one "we talk about frequently" according to Newman.
We've written before about why a Buffy short term "event series" revival could actually be a good thing. He's, of course, referring to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the long-running WB-turned-UPN series about a chosen one who fights vampires, demons, forces of darkness, and a loan shark that's literally a shark. "I think if you look in our library, Buffy is probably the most ripe show we have for bringing back", Newman said, but admitted that he "wouldn't get out of the building alive" if it was announced.
Perhaps now that Whedon has stepped away from the Batgirl movie and committed to co-writing season 12 of the Buffy comic book, he may be leaning towards bringing the BTVS universe back to the small screen. While Newman didn't confirm a reboot is coming or even in the beginning planning stages, it's clear that it would have a home if Whedon chose to step back in to the world of Sunnydale.
Either direction seems fraught with peril, unfortunately, and ultimately not as interesting as letting Whedon, still one of TV's most iconic showrunners, develop a fresh new idea. Since Buffy Summers enabled all potential slayers with slayer powers at the end of the show's run, a reboot is definitely possible. But after seeing how unbelievable and ready to kick ass everyone looked at the Buffy 20th reunion past year, one can't help but wonder just what a proper Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion would look like. It's still inspiring to rewatch Buffy today and see how far ahead of the curve it was for complex, strong female characters and emotionally-driven storytelling.
And really, do we need more "Buffy"?