Everyone's favourite supernatural assassin is returning to TV, with a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot confirmed.

After months of speculation, 20th Century Fox has revealed it is developing a revival of the popular series, with creator Joss Whedon coming on board the project as executive producer.

THR reports the new series will be "inclusive" and feature a black actor as Buffy, who was played by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the original show.

The reboot and casting announcement divided fans on Twitter, with some questioning why a black actor couldn't play a new character.

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One wrote: "I'm not interested in seeing a black slayer take on the role of Buffy or even seeing gender and race-bent reboots. It's boring and insulting. We deserve our own mythology."

And others agreed:

Monica Breen, who previously worked on Agents of Shield with Whedon, will serve as series showrunner and write the reboot's script.

The reboot hasn't been given an air date and is not yet attached to a network, but is expected to be pitched to streaming services such as Netflix at a later date.

Based on a 1992 movie that bombed at the box office, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a surprise TV hit and ran for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003.

The popular series made Gellar a household name and launched the careers of Alyson Hannigan, Michelle Trachtenberg and David Boreanaz.