Back to IndieWire

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Reboot: James Marsters Says the Idea Is ‘Fabulous,’ Open to Playing Spike Again

TCA: The actor did note that if he was to return as the immortal vampire, some special effects would probably need to be involved.

No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No Book Cover Usage.Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kuaku Alston/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock (5856825a)James MarstersJames Marsters - 2000TV PortraitBuffy The Vampire Slayer

James Marsters in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Kuaku Alston/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

The former vampire with a soul (no, the other one) is all for the idea of rebooting one of television’s most iconic series. “I think the world very much needs a new slayer right now,” James Marsters said Wednesday in response to the recent news that a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” reboot is in the works.

Marsters, speaking to reporters on the set of his current series, “Marvel’s Runaways,” had nothing but praise for writer Monica Owusu-Breen’s concept, which she will executive produce alongside original series creator Joss Whedon.

“I think it is fabulous,” he said. “I saw a tweet by [Owusu-Breen], and she wants an entirely new slayer within the universe established by ‘Buffy.’ So she’s not going to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer — she’s going to be Sabrina or whatever it is. I think that’s a great way to go and I’m very excited about it.”

In the original WB/UPN series, Marsters played Spike, a Sid Vicious-esque vampire who was initially introduced in Season 2 as a foe for Buffy, before becoming an eventual love interest in later seasons. It’s a role that Marsters said he’d be open to revisiting, though he did laugh at the question.

MARVEL'S RUNAWAYS -- "Refraction" - Episode 107 - At AtlasÕ Open House, our parents and kids are thrown together following the revelations of the gala. But for one family, the school event is only the beginning of the drama. Behind the scenes with Victor Stein (James Marsters), shown. (Photo by: Patrick Wymore/Hulu)

James Marsters on the set of “Runaways.”


“I am open to whatever Joss has in mind — whether that’s playing Spike or something else. I told him that a long time ago,” he said.

The catch, though, is that Spike is supposed to be an immortal vampire, and it’s been nearly 20 years since Marsters’ initial debut. “I think we’d have to get some really good lighting together to sell Spike,” he said, “but I think they are doing more and more both with actor health and with special effects.”

Marsters then had a pitch for how to handle Spike’s return: “What would be great is if he comes back and he’s like, ‘Buffy, you look terrible — how you’ve aged. I still love you, of course, but…'”

However it might happen, Marsters was clear that the key ingredient would be Whedon. “Joss’s mind is always surprising, so yeah. I’m open to playing Spike if Joss is involved.”

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Television and tagged , , ,

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox