Buffy: Can it be revived?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer spawned a variety of merchandise; clothing, books, collectibles as well as the spin-off series, Angel, from the late 90's until this very day and beyond. It is undoubtedly a successful show for many reasons and left fans of the TV series wanting more when it came to an end in 2003.
Wait. What point are you trying to make?
Buffy celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017 with the release of merchandise with an abundance of reunion clips and a magazine feature from Entertainment Weekly in April, making it feel like the 1990's should have called upon us again much sooner.
The official Buffy the Vampire Slayer social media pages have been promoting this until the banner "20 years of slaying" as well as a hashtag "#BuffySlays20".
Thus proving that Buffy is standing strong, and is just as relevant and important to many lives today. The fact the series official continuation is still on-going in comic book form since 2007 (published by Dark Horse Comics) is enough reason to bring the show back, right?
Not quite. This just proves that Buffy's story works well in multiple formats.
Back in 2002, Fox greenlit "Buffy the Animated Series". Eventually, networks declined to take the pilot episode to series which ultimately left the series with incompleted scripts - as well as numerous scripts that had been completed. The project was dust, with 2008 seeing the release/leak of the unaired pilot episode by "TheSnerd" on YouTube.
You can view the video at the bottom of the page.
Are you suggesting what I think you're suggesting?
The Buffy animated series project could be revived and I'll tell you why. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced in 2017 via Entertainment Weekly that they would be producing a series of middle-grade Buffy books, starting with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: New School Nightmare" by Carolyn Nowak.
This series of books is a re-imagining of Buffy's school years and is set for a September 2018 release.
That's not all. So what's next?
Disney acquired 21st Century Fox, which includes "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", and many other TV series and movies, in December 2017.
What does this mean?
Right now, it doesn't mean anything, but what it could mean is that there is potential room for an animated series and [a true to the original] HD remaster of the complete series. As well as this, Joss Whedon has a good relationship with Disney due to working with Marvel, therefore the mutual respect they have for each other will be far greater than the former-relationship with 21st Century Fox.
Comicbook.com's article suggests that Disney could revive the franchise due to its huge success and popularity: READ HERE.
How could "Buffy the Animated Series" look today?
For starters, it could look exactly as intended, although it would require a certain amount of restructuring if all the original cast [from the TV series] were to be involved. Disney XD, anyone?
DC comics release animated movies, such as "Justice League Dark", which means Buffy could even become a frequent animated movie series and could even take on a darker tone than the original plans for the animated series. The series was due to be scheduled for children's television but the possibilities for this reincarnation and reintroduction of Buffy are truly endless.
Quotes from the Cast and Crew:
JOSS WHEDON: "We just couldn't find a home for (it). We had a great animation director, great visuals, six or seven hilarious scripts from our own staff—and nobody wanted it. I was completely baffled. I felt like I was sitting there with bags of money and nobody would take them from me." (2003)
NICHOLAS BRENDON: "I know that there's been talk about the Buffy Animated Series. Which we did, gosh, like, three years ago. You know, to be quite honest with you, I don't know why it didn't go further." (2008)
JEPH LOEB: "Everything still exists — the designs, the scripts. It's such a 'no-duh' project, so why the hell not? All you need is to draw it. Eight years ago, there was no fascination with Family Guy or Robot Chicken, but there's an audience now that could drive to it. You can't stand in the way of pop culture." (2008)
ALYSON HANNIGAN: "I think we should do the Buffy cartoon." (2017)
SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR: "That sounds interesting to me." (2017)