Different Buffy to Slay Newer Vampires

May 26, 2009

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1992's Buffy the Vampire Slayer marked the arrival of the former Roseanne and Parenthood writer, now television geek demigod, Joss Whedon, and spawned the Sarah Michelle Gellar series that would become a cult phenomenon to be gushed about in the pages of Entertainment Weeklies for years to follow. Attempting to remake the film without Whedon's participation would clearly be a flagrantly bad idea, and thus, that is what's we're going to do:

A new incarnation of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" could be coming to the big screen.

"Buffy" creator Joss Whedon isn't involved and it's not set up at a studio, but Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment are working with original movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui, on what is being labeled a remake or relaunch, but not a sequel or prequel.

The new "Buffy" film, however, would have no connection to the TV series, nor would it use popular supporting characters like Angel, Willow, Xander or Spike. Vertigo and Kuzui are looking to restart the story line without trampling on the beloved existing universe created by Whedon, putting the parties in a similar situation faced by Paramount, J.J. Abrams and his crew when relaunching "Star Trek."

The masses of fanatical Joss Whedon followers will not be pleased. Fran and Kaz Kuzui, I suggest you plant a rumor that there's a lost episode of Firefly hidden somewhere inside the internet and use the resulting panic and distraction to get away. These Whedon superfans are already pretty riled up by the poor ratings and near-cancellation of Dollhouse paired with all their friends' reluctance to sit down and watch Serenity. They don't need to hear this right now. You've made a mistake. Escape while you can.

'Buffy' in for feature relaunch [THR]

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