- Dolly Parton Says There Are Plans to Reboot ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
- The original series was produced by Parton’s production company, Sandollar Television.
- “They’re thinking about bringing it back and revamping it,” Parton tells Business Insider.
According to Dolly Parton, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” may return to the screens.
Although Parton is best known as a country music legend, she was also an uncredited producer on the 1990s cult classic television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and the 1992 film based on it.
Sandollar Productions, Parton’s production company with the singer’s former manager Sandy Gallin, co-produced all seven seasons of “Buffy” through its television production arm, Sandollar Television. He also co-produced the show Angel starring David Boreanaz.
“They’re still working on it,” Parton told Business Insider, though he didn’t specify who was involved in the project. “They’re thinking about bringing it back and renovating it.”
Parton’s Sandollar Productions co-produced the original Buffy starring Kristy Swanson with Kuzui Enterprises, the production company co-founded by the film’s director, Fran Rubel Kuzui, and her husband, Kaz Kuzui.
The production companies later teamed up with Buffy creator Joss Whedon’s Mutant Enemy Productions and 20th Century Fox Television (now just 20th Television) on the hit TV series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fran Rubel Kuzui first attempted to reboot Buffy with a new film in 2009. However, fans of the show and some of its cast members criticized the project for Whedon’s absence.
In 2018, Whedon and producer and screenwriter Monica Owusu-Breen collaborated on a proposed “Buffy” reboot starring Black, Deadline reported.
This time, the project received backlash from fans who thought a black actor would play Buffy. At X, formerly known as Twitter, Owusu-Breen suggested that the reboot would introduce new characters.
“There’s only one Buffy,” she wrote.
Although plans for an on-screen reboot have yet to materialize, the world of “Buffy” has spread to other media.
Several “Buffy” cast members reunited last year for an Audible series set after the events of the show that ended in 2003.
“Slayers: A Buffyverse Story” picks up 10 years after the “Buffy” series finale and focuses on new slayer Indira (voiced by Laya DeLeon Hayes) and Buffy’s vampire ex-boyfriend Spike (voiced by James Marsters).
Anthony Head, Charisma Carpenter, Juliet Landau, Emma Caulfield, Amber Benson, James Charles Leary and Danny Strong also reprise their roles from the series.
Speaking about the original series, Parton tells Business Insider that while she was “very involved,” the credit for the show’s success goes to the people who work on it every day.
Parton says she lived in Nashville while filming “Buffy” in Los Angeles, so she didn’t get to visit the set very often.
“A lot of my work has been done just by talking to the business people there,” says the singer, who spoke to BI to promote his latest baking mixes with Duncan Hines and his parent company, Conagra Brands.
“I have to give credit to a lot more people on Buffy the Vampire Slayer than me. A lot of people put a lot of sweat into it,” he adds. “This little show was so good.”
Parton has five new dessert mixes with Duncan Hines to hit stores this month. The buttermilk pancake mix, developed in partnership with Conagra, will hit shelves later this year.