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?