Now a wife, mother and business owner, Sarah Michelle Geller has learned plenty in the years since her many cult classic roles. But as she revealed at this year’s BlogHer conference, the door could still be open to revisit her career-making turns.
Fans will pick up their stakes in glee to hear that Gellar isn’t saying no to a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot. “Look, you never know,” she told conference-goers.
But she admits that a new generation of Buffy viewers could have more to learn from a new kind of slayer. “That being said, the point of Buffy — what was so special about it, why it still resonates today — was it was a metaphor for the horrors of high school, the horrors of that time of growing up,” she said. “The monsters were literally the manifestation of the horrors of that time. I think that’s a very specific story. If you’re talking about now, that’s a very different story, and I don’t know… I don’t know what that story is now.”
But Geller isn’t averse to the idea of a new slayer, with a whole new generation of horrors. “The whole idea of Buffy giving her power… at the end, the lore was ‘unto one generation a slayer is born, there could only be one,’ and at the end, we broke that. Why does there only have to be one?”
She already has one idea for a potential new version of the series — cyberbullies as the vampires. “Bullies were a literal bully when Buffy was growing up. They punched, they were physical… Well, now a bully is something that you hide behind on a screen. What is that story? But I think that story would have to be told with someone of that age.”
While the Buffy reboot is still a wish on a star, Cruel Intentions is very much happening. Gellar tells fans to “look for an announcement probably in the next month and a half.”
The journey has been difficult, she admits, but fans have already been waiting since 1999. What’s a few more months? “We have some exciting stuff planned, and it’s going to be good,” she says. “The road is taking a little longer than normal, but we’ve all been adamant that to do it, we have to do it right, and we have to do it. It’ll probably start filming at the beginning of next year.”
The good news is, it’ll be just as controversial as the original. Gellar says it’s a “naughty” show that “pay[s] homage to what it is.” Consider my calendar marked.
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