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.
A new Buffy? Sacrilege or sound filmmaking idea?
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