That Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rumor Was True - It's Happening!
by Alex Billington
May 25, 2009
It looks like those early rumors were all true - Buffy the Vampire Slayer is returning to the big screen. But bad news for almost all of the remaining fans - Joss Whedon isn't involved. The project, as announced by THR today, is not setup a studio but rather is being developed by Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment. They are working with the original movie's director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui, on what is being called a relaunch, but not a sequel or prequel. Although we all know Whedon as the man behind Buffy, Kuzui has held onto the rights since the beginning when she first discovered his script.
This new Buffy won't have any connection to the TV series and also won't use popular supporting characters like Angel, Willow, Xander or Spike. Vertigo is looking to restart the storyline without trampling on the beloved existing universe created by Whedon, making this similar to the Star Trek reboot. Plus, fans know that each generation has its own vampire slayer to protect it, so they can get away with it. The goal is to make a darker, "event-sized movie" that will, of course, have franchise potential. No writer or direct has been hired, and they haven't ruled out the possibility of getting Whedon, but they haven't contacted him yet.
I'm not a fan of the Buffy series, so I don't have much to say about this, but I'll at least mention that it's a bad idea not to involve Joss Whedon in some way. Kuzui says: "Everything has its moment. Every movie takes on a life at some point, and this seems like the moment to do this." Is this really the best idea?