I asked around on Facebook when I first decided to undertake this project. I identified two key factors:
1. Maintaining the spirit of the original. This is pretty hard to describe or explain but when somebody does it right, you can tell.
2. Including nods to fans of the original. The best example of this is Uhura’s green roommate in Star Trek.
A friend added:
3. The central character (in this case, Buffy herself) needs to be recognizable as the same person she was in the original. (Please note: When I refer to “the original” I actually mean the show, not the movie.)
I’m open to other ideas. What do you think? What are the key ingredients for a story that treads familiar ground but does it in an interesting way?