A Joss Whedon-less 'Buffy' movie?! - Featured

Wow, just wow -plz read on:


According to the Hollywood Reporter, the rights holders of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are planning a remake/relaunch. Now, fans of the Buffyverse have been clamoring for a feature extension ever since the show's end in 2003; and they've made the Whedon-overseen comic books best sellers. Whedon has long been the hand on the wheel of the Buffy franchise, and his cultish fanbase are legion.


And now for the spoiler -- get this -- Whedon isn't involved. AT ALL.

According to the news item, the producers aren't against the idea of Whedon's involvement, but they haven't "reached out to him."


What's more, this new "film" would have no connection with the TV series. It won't be having any of the series' famed supporting characters, such as Angel, Willow, Xander or Spike, as well since the underlying idea for the new film is that "each generation has its own vampire slayer to protect it".


The new "Buffy" film is being developed by Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Doug Davison, who are working with the original movie's director Fran Rubel Kuzui and husband Kaz Kuzui. They are seeking to create a new story line in the vein of J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek", meaning that the plot won't clash with the one created by Whedon.


Of the fresh "Buffy", Fran Kuzui who has held onto the rights since the beginning fessed up, "It was Roy's interest in taking Buffy into a new place that grabbed us." Noting that original exec producer Sandy Gallin was also consulted for the project, she added, "Everything has its moment. Every movie takes on a life at some point, and this seems like the moment to do this."



Do you think it should still be considered a "Buffy" movie - or is the whole concept too far from home?


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May 26, 2009 7:54AM EDT

Anyone with an even stupider idea ? feel free to leave it here. Who knows, maybe some idiot will read it and make a movie out of it...

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May 26, 2009 2:42PM EDT

You can't have a girl named Buffy without Xander, Willow, etc. I could see not including Spike or Angel since vamps are supposed to be ageless and they will look different, but if you're going with the "to each generation a slayer is born" then you might as well make a whole new slayer. The movie will probably end up being over the top and not have much plot depth anyway, why even bother? Nothing is original anymore.

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May 26, 2009 6:24PM EDT

Very, very bad idea. This makes no sense! Come on, Kuzui!

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May 26, 2009 10:00PM EDT

creepy. Like making your new girlfriend dress and act like your old one. Like when spike had that buffybot made. Come on, it's not buffy spike.

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May 26, 2009 10:34PM EDT

it just sounds like a remake of the orignal movie, and concidering it was extreemly badly done thats syaing something, the only reason they would even consider remaking it is because of joss whedons "buffy" and the scooby gang. the only thing joss took from the original movie was the name and well thats about it, he changed it so much the series was nothing like the movie. if they were to do something without the scooby gang they should do maybe the next slayer after buffy, moire like a sequal then a crap ass version of the original movie!!!!!

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May 27, 2009 8:07AM EDT

Buffy was, is, and will always be my favorite show. Once the series ended (and especially after Angel concluded a year later), I always hoped there would one day be some sort of TV and/or big screen follow-up aside from the comics (spin-off, movie, etc.) as several possible ideas were surfaced (some of which included a Faith spin-off, post-Chosen Ripper series, Spike movie, possible Buffy/Angel movie). With that being said, I absolutely DO NOT want to see this movie made. If Joss Whedon is not going to be at the forefront, then no one else should have the right to take what is his and do with what they want.
The reason the Star Trek movie worked was because time travel was involved, creating an alternate timeline. Whatever Kuzui has planned is simply not going to take with Buffy fans, and she should know better. Buffy is not Buffy without the Scoobies, and to be honest, after seven seasons on the air I cannot imagine anyone other than SMG portraying Buffy.
The fact of the matter is, Buffy has a very strong cult following and a reputation to uphold. Making this movie would only ruin its image that we true fans hold dear. If they want to make a slayer movie, fine--just drop the Buffy title. I don't see how these producers expect to have any support for this film from any devoted Buffy fan!

P.S. I would love to hear what Joss Whedon has to say about this!

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May 27, 2009 1:02PM EDT

"P.S. I would love to hear what Joss Whedon has to say about this!"
I read elsewhere he was asked about it and gave only a four word response :'I hope it's cool'.
I don't see him as the type to start trashing people, so that might be the most that will be heard from him.

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May 27, 2009 1:36PM EDT

I've made a new post about his response -there is a link to it at the bottom of this post (now)Enjoy :)

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Jun 1, 2009 6:15PM EDT

I think a new "Slayer Show" could have potential...BUT (and this is a big butt; excuse the pun) it would have to be about a whole new slayer. They could have different characters from BtVS and Angel make cameos from time to time, when appropriate, but--ultimately--it couldn't *really* be a follow up. It would have to be the same in the way that Angel and BtVS were the same: set in the same reality, but actually about different people.
P.S. It would be better if Joss Whedon were included. I mean, vampires without Joss results in movies like "Twilight." I liked most of Twilight, but it was very irritating to see sparkly vampires that didn't have the demon-faces or whatever you call that face they get when they're fighting or drinking and the demon side manifests. (And I kept expecting Bella to pull a Buffy and kick James' ass LOL)

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Jun 4, 2009 4:56PM EDT

Twilight did look like a bad parody of Buffy. They'll probably ruin it.

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