'Dark Knight' Producer Behind 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Reboot
Previously we'd heard about the potential of a new take on Buffy the Vampire Slayer without Joss Whedon being involved at all. Though the series creator wasn't bitter about the project, he just said he wouldn't be a part of it. Since then we haven't heard any new details. But today Atlas Entertainment, the company run by The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven, announced they are behind the project along with Warner Bros. They also revealed relatively inexperienced screenwriter Whit Anderson is behind the screenplay. No details on the story whatsoever have been revealed but having Roven behind the project certainly doesn't hurt. Read on!
Here's what the producer had to say on the project:
“Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy. There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return to the big screen. We’re thrilled to team up with Doug and Roy on a re-imagining of Buffy and the world she inhabits. Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be.”
Hero Complex also spoke to Anderson about the project where she revealed she's "fighting through" the script right now. Since there's many Buffy fans out there who are undoubtedly worried about their beloved characters and universe Whedon so carefully constructed, here's her trying to tell us how much she loves the series:
”I didn’t really watch much television at all, but I always watched 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' that was the one show I would watch when I got home. I just loved this character. I was the same age as Buffy and it was so rare to have a female lead character on TV in those days who was strong and capable and smart but also allowed to be feminine.”
It's always somewhat worrisome when the only thing a writer, producer, actor or director can say is how big of a fan they are without offering any real evidence outside of the usual praise of the character, series, etc. I want to hear specifics about what you loved, why you loved it, and how you're going to try and bring that to your own take on the property in question. I might be a big fan of something, but I'm not the one giving it a complete overhaul for a major motion picture. For now, I guess we can take solace in the fact that a producer like Roven who gathered Christopher Nolan and his entire creative team to bring Batman back to life, but somehow, I don't think it'll be enough for some fans to have faith (especially for those who loved Sarah Michelle Gellar and the rest of the series' cast). How about you?