BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Could Be Headed Back to the Big Screen without Joss Whedon?

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Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer_Sarah_Michelle_Gellar_01.jpgI know the idea of a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” motion picture re-launch without Joss Whedon shouldn’t surprise me but it does.  He fully crafted the character completely apart from its 1992 screen debut (which I enjoy but Whedon disowns) and built Buffy Summer and her gang of Scoobies over the course of seven seasons, the “Angel” spin-off, a couple of videogames, an eighth season if you count the comic books in addition to all the other comic tie-ins that Whedon briefly overseas but doesn’t maintain direct involvement.  And with all that, “Buffy” has never quite cracked the mainstream despite its fiercely devoted fanbase and actors like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, and David Boreanaz being able to crack the mainstream with summer movies and TV shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and “Bones”.

But while “Joss Whedon” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” may seem inextricably tied to one another, Whedon doesn’t actually own the rights.  Those belong to Fran Rubel Kuzui (who directed the 1992 film) and her husband, Kaz Kuzui and according to The Hollywood Reporter, they’re thinking of joining up Roy Lee and Doug Davidson of Vertigo Entertainment to relaunch the character into a new franchise.

buffy_the_vampire_slayer_movie_poster_01.jpgAnd that relaunch would mean no Xander Harris, no Willow Rosenberg, no anybody from the TV show except a gal named Buffy who slays herself some vampires.  Kuzui makes the point that the premise allows for more than one slayer and one is born into every generation.  While the show did away with that mythology and expanded into something far more interesting with an army of potentials becoming slayers, I don’t have a problem with them starting back at square one.  My problem rests with a relaunch that’s in a “new generation” but the slayer is still named Buffy (whose last name is presumably “Summers” and if I had to bet, I’m saying that she’s an attractive blonde).  I understand that with “Star Trek”, folks are now trying to find a way to honor canon and yet rebuild a franchise but they may just have to forget that all previous Buffys existed just as the television show mostly ignored the 1992 film.

THR reports that the Kuzuis are open to Whedon’s involvement but haven’t reached out to him yet.  They also want a “darker, event-sized” movie which could mean sweet, sweet franchise potential.  The film doesn’t have a studio or a writer at the moment but I’m sure the acolytes in the Whedonverse are already frothing and fighting to make sure their beloved property isn’t bastardized.

I imagine some of you may have strong feelings on the matter so feel free to vent your thoughts in our shiny new comments section!




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  • A. Laymon

    Buffy w/o Joss is like having Jesus and no God..Silly!

  • A. Laymon

    Buffy w/o Joss is like having Jesus and no God..Silly!

  • Yog MARS

    Bring JJ Abrams in and laid back on your most confortable daddy-chairs, Kuzuis. The work will be delivered.
    With John Locke and Spock on cameos, of course. LOL

  • Yog MARS

    Bring JJ Abrams in and laid back on your most confortable daddy-chairs, Kuzuis. The work will be delivered.
    With John Locke and Spock on cameos, of course. LOL

  • andrew

    i think that everyone will think oh buffy the vampire slayer i liked that once lest all see what it is like now they probably willl like it if they make it good and gluey i think that it will be succsessful however, without all the original charachters it just wont be the same ever i am yet looking forwards to it but however, not because i have grew up with buffy the vampire slayer and i loved it scince i was about 6 i am now 11 years old i am a big fan an will miss all the original charachters hopefully it will reach the target of succssess!!!

  • andrew

    i think that everyone will think oh buffy the vampire slayer i liked that once lest all see what it is like now they probably willl like it if they make it good and gluey i think that it will be succsessful however, without all the original charachters it just wont be the same ever i am yet looking forwards to it but however, not because i have grew up with buffy the vampire slayer and i loved it scince i was about 6 i am now 11 years old i am a big fan an will miss all the original charachters hopefully it will reach the target of succssess!!!

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  • my.totally.original.name

    Reboot of Buffy? Um…well, I guess I would give it a go, but without Joss on board, I don’t know if it will BE Buffy.

  • my.totally.original.name

    Reboot of Buffy? Um…well, I guess I would give it a go, but without Joss on board, I don’t know if it will BE Buffy.

  • I’m not telling u my name

    I’m not watching Buffy without willow and Xander. Actually, without willow. Alyson Hannigan is a goddess and Buffy is not Buffy without her so shut up about no willow. >:(

  • the dark slayer

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the best. Even if you view it this far back in time, it still has the capacity to thrill and titillate you. There are the moments when you feel a thrill of horror, all mixed up with that dark chuckle that starts way down and comes out as a full blooded laugh.
    If only they can create the same sort of ambiance, with a lead character that both attracts and tickles your funny bone like Sarah Michelle Gellar did, with edgy upbeat theme tracks like the show had, then they have a chance. Buffy for Ever!

  • Gabriel Maregatti

    I strongly disagree Buffy was a worldwide phenomenon, everyone i knew back in the 90′s and early 00′s at least knew what Buffy was, that’s more than i can say of a lot of higher rated shows that aired on the big four networks. Here in my country they aired it at least 8 to 9 times a week and in the biggest network (TVN) AND on primetime. SMG was in the cover of rolling stones TWICE for her Buffy character, and i don’t know but if a show isn’t that appealing to A LOT of people why would they make not a couple of video games but five of them ( a lot of long running shows don’t even have one), the comics started on 1998 and finished on 2003. But then on 2007 started again with season 8 and to this day they still release it monthly by the third largest comic book company(Dark Horse) NOT INCLUDING all of the other spinoff comics they release (Spike, Angel and Faith, Willow, etc.) Don’t get me started on the action.figures, statues, busts, and countless other toy.related products. Probably on the US other shows can be considered mainstream, but Buffy was and IS a worldwide phenomenon, that even after eleven years since the finale still has the public captivated. Of course maybe not as many as when it aired, but still a considerable amount of people that it even outgrows fans of current hit tv shows.

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