Possible Buffy Relaunch – Minus Whedon

By Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

BUFFY - the Vampire SlayerCould Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans’ dreams of the series coming to the big screen finally be true? Well, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.

You may recall that Buffy didn’t originate with the television series in 1997, but rather with a really terrible 1992 movie of the same name. It was based on (the then unknown) Whedon’s original script, but he’s basically agreed since then that the movie was indeed pretty terrible, departing from his vision due to commercial compromise. The only reason that the movie hasn’t vanished into obscurity is the phenomenal success of the TV reboot.

But now the producers of the original movie are talking about relaunching the Buffy franchise – not with a continuation of the television series, but of the movie. And without Whedon. Or rather, they “have not yet reached out to him.”

The Hollywood Reporter story compares the situation to the recent Star Trek reboot: “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.”

I for one don’t think that’s a great comparison, since the new Star Trek might be avoiding “trampling” on the new universe, but it’s still doing so as a prequel that includes the original characters that the fans know and love. Here, the producers note that the relaunch might be based on the idea that each generation has its own slayer – which would mean a Buffy without even Buffy. (It goes without saying that neither Sarah Michelle Geller nor Kristy Swanson, who is now best known for being the Other Woman on ice skates, would be reprising the role.)

The logic behind this move completely escapes me. If the idea is to continue the Buffy universe by exploring other slayers, then of course Joss Whedon should be at the helm – he obviously has more stories to tell, evidenced by the comic books he keeps churning out, some of which are about other slayers. And if the idea is to just crank out another teen vampire franchise to take advantage of the current Twilight craze, then there’s no need to put Buffy’s name on it. But if using the name is just leverage to cash in on the legions of Buffy fans, then Whedon is pretty much a necessity. I don’t think they can have it both ways.

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18 Responses to Possible Buffy Relaunch – Minus Whedon

  1. uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i think they need sarah michelle gellar to be in it.if it is a remake becuase we just hear wat happend at her old school we never seen wat happend.it would be a prequel to the first season of buffy the vampire slayer and remake of the movie buffy the vampire slayer.just starring sarah michelle gellar.because it would strengthen the story a bit.and possibily leave a open path to a film sequel to the show after the remake/prequel. we dont need another buffy.the buffy film didnt do great at the box office.however the show did a good job so if they do make a film sarah needs to be in it.we dont need some one else playing that role.and the film just mite do a good job in theatres if it has a real good story line.i think the new film should be darker then the previous.

  2. uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i think they need sarah michelle gellar to be in it.if it is a remake becuase we just hear wat happend at her old school we never seen wat happend.it would be a prequel to the first season of buffy the vampire slayer and remake of the movie buffy the vampire slayer.just starring sarah michelle gellar.because it would strengthen the story a bit.and possibily leave a open path to a film sequel to the show after the remake/prequel. we dont need another buffy.the buffy film didnt do great at the box office.however the show did a good job so if they do make a film sarah needs to be in it.we dont need some one else playing that role.and the film just mite do a good job in theatres if it has a real good story line.i think the new film should be darker then the previous.

  3. The original Buffy film was great. The series got progressively worse as it diverged from valley girl spoof humour.

  4. The original Buffy film was great. The series got progressively worse as it diverged from valley girl spoof humour.

  5. @buffy: we could get Gellar in the role as a young high school student if it weren't for that pesky detail that she's 32 and looks it.

    @michael: The film was b-movie lame. The series was regularly and continuously enthralling.

    My vote: No way you can do anything with the Buffy-verse and NOT include Whedon. That's like trying to write Jesus out of the Bible, Mohammud out of the Koran, and Sonny out of Sonny & Cher. It's just… NO

  6. @buffy: we could get Gellar in the role as a young high school student if it weren’t for that pesky detail that she’s 32 and looks it.
    @michael: The film was b-movie lame. The series was regularly and continuously enthralling.

    My vote: No way you can do anything with the Buffy-verse and NOT include Whedon. That’s like trying to write Jesus out of the Bible, Mohammud out of the Koran, and Sonny out of Sonny & Cher. It’s just… NO

  7. Okay…who do we inundate with angry fan mail. There is no Buffy without Joss. That is just ridiculous. I don't hate the movie. It was campy fun. But the series, that was amazing creative genius. It would be an insult to try and cash in on the vampire craze created by the crappy Twilight phenomenon at the expense of such a beloved property. No way should anyone attempt this. Buffy fans are rabid when it comes to the show and it's creator. This is definitely a line no one wants to cross.

  8. Okay…who do we inundate with angry fan mail. There is no Buffy without Joss. That is just ridiculous. I don’t hate the movie. It was campy fun. But the series, that was amazing creative genius. It would be an insult to try and cash in on the vampire craze created by the crappy Twilight phenomenon at the expense of such a beloved property. No way should anyone attempt this. Buffy fans are rabid when it comes to the show and it’s creator. This is definitely a line no one wants to cross.

  9. From what I recall SMG wanted Buffy to come to an end and that’s why they all agreed 7 seasons was enough. I really doubt she’d come back to play a TV show now that she’s in movies. Same with DB, he’s said over and over again that he’s passed Angel and moving on.

  10. From what I recall SMG wanted Buffy to come to an end and that's why they all agreed 7 seasons was enough. I really doubt she'd come back to play a TV show now that she's in movies. Same with DB, he's said over and over again that he's passed Angel and moving on.