“It could be time to meet a new slayer…”

Last week, it was confirmed that a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot – with a “black Buffy” – was in the works from Fringe writer Monica Owusu-Breen and original series creator Joss Whedon.

As one of the most beloved shows of all time, it was unsurprising that it was met with an enormous amount of backlash from fans and critics. With so many other storylines to explore, such as the slayer lineage and the power embedded to thousands of “potentials” from the series finale, did we really need a reboot?

Owusu-Breen has addressed the negative reception, and possibly confirmed that we’re looking at a revival instead of a full-blown reboot.

She tweeted: “For some genre writers it’s Star Wars. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my Star Wars.

“Before I became a writer, I was a fan. For seven seasons, I watched Buffy Summers grow up, find love, kill that love. I watched her fight, and struggle and slay. There is only one Buffy. One Xander, one Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Oz, Tara, Kendra, Faith, Spike, Angel…

“They can’t be replaced. Joss Whedon’s brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated. I wouldn’t try to. But here we are, twenty years later. And the world seems a lot scarier. So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer… And that’s all I can say.”

Buffy, which aired for a groundbreaking seven seasons from 1997-2003, is often referred to as one of the best TV shows in history, and its title character is also recognised as one of the most iconic female characters of all time.

The show influenced series such as True Blood, Charmed, Veronica Mars, Vampire Diaries, iZombie, Jessica Jones and pretty much anything fantasy related with a strong female heroine at the helm.

Buffy was also commended for its portrayal of gay characters, becoming the first ever television show to broadcast a lesbian sex scene.

Last year, the whole cast – minus Anthony Stewart Head and Eliza Dushku – reunited for a special photoshoot to mark the 20th anniversary. Watch here.

Related: Buffy producer says death of lesbian character Tara was “too far”.