Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The reboot?

The rumours are, astonishingly, coming true…

Looks like the rumours that wafted around the web late last year were true: the rights holders to Buffy The Vampire Slayer really are trying to get a new movie made.

Here’s the kicker, though: Buffy’s creator and the man who made the character work so well when he brought it to TV – Joss Whedon – isn’t involved.

That sound you hear is 10,000 angry Whedon fans screaming at once.

Yes, Buffy rights holders Fran Rubel Kuzui and hubby Kaz have partnered up with Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment to start developing a “relaunch”.

It won’t feature the supporting cast – Willow, Xander, Spike or Angel – from the show, but instead is a plan to restart the storyline. And there isn’t even a script yet- the producers are getting pitches from writers.

"It was Roy's interest in taking Buffy into a new place that grabbed us," Fran Kuzui tells The Hollywood Reporter, admitting that she might get Whedon involved but hasn’t asked. "It was based on our respect for what he does, and his particular sensitivity to Asian filmmakers, that we wanted to work with him."

We’re just worried that these are the people who made the original 1992 Kirsty Swanson movie – i.e. took Whedon’s script and let it be gutted. Still, looks like every generation really will get a Slayer… We’ll have to go with ta, but no ta.

For now, at least.

[Source: THR]

A new Buffy? Sacrilege or sound filmmaking idea?


    • dgoodswen

      May 26th 2009, 10:29

      They should get one of the writers from the show at least. Marti Noxon or David Fury. Gah this may suck on a biblical scale.

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    • Onyx79

      May 26th 2009, 10:47

      Bloody hell on fire! I'm one of those people who watched Buffy the TV show from day one without having heard of the 1992 film before hand. I loved the TV show and would have loved to see Buffy in a full blown feature on our silver screens. But isn't it a little too late now? If they felt really really inclined to go ahead with this idea, and if they had any signs of sanity, I personally think they should bring Joss Whedon on board. After all, it is his story, and it is him that made Buffy what she is today: a worldwide TV icon. I know it won't happen but it would be great if they brought Sarah Michelle Gellar on board too, it would tie up nicely to the TV show if they really made a reboot of the 1992 film.

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    • KerrAvon

      May 26th 2009, 13:13

      Thats really lame, a load of people who ballsed it up the first time are trying to reinvent it now that ther series is dead and Joss is elsewhere. Sounds like someone is trying to cash in, how about something original for a change guys, getting pretty tired of revamps and comic book movies

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    • GrandiaKnight

      May 26th 2009, 13:39

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Another classic example of the film industry running out of ideas. At least Star Trek had some redeeming features.

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    • BeckyM84

      May 26th 2009, 14:45

      I too loved the TV show of Buffy and if they are going to make a decent film, it HAS to have Joss Whedon on board. If not, then I fear it will end up as rubbish as the first film.

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    • ashley.russell

      May 26th 2009, 19:44

      I was a Buffy obssessive when I was younger, but that was a long time ago. I'm hoping this does happen because it's a film that for once DOES deserve a remake, the original was rubbish and because the TV show was so awesome in its day that maybe a film could help carry on the legacy for longer which might lead on to another TV or Film spin-off of more Buffy lore, such as the Fray comic series. just hope it doesn't have a cheesy Sarah Michelle Gellar cameo in it though.

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    • Serrano

      May 27th 2009, 15:02

      Why can't they just follow on from the series?

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    • enbrennan

      May 28th 2009, 23:55

      Joss already has followed on from the series, in the comic book 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season Eight' which has been on the go for a couple of years now. This and 'Angel - After the Fall' show Joss's vision of where the shows would've gone. As for Buffy movie without Whedon? Bad idea.

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    • Secker

      Jan 22nd 2010, 15:35

      Nooooooooooooooo! Why can't the just go the Star Trek: The Motion Picture route? Create a story which involves all the characters coming back together, all of them older and in different places in their lives? I don't understand this need to revamp (no pun intended) everything! It works if there's an entire new generation who don't know about the original, e.g. the new Star Trek, but Buffy only ended 7 years ago, and everyone knows Sarah Michelle Geller as Buffy, so please, please, sequal to the T.V. series. And Joss Whedon to write and direct, only way it would work. If the actually do this, I might kill someone.

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