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?
Reader Feedback - 41 Comments
*disgruntled sigh* I don't know...I loved the tv series and this is something I could really get behind but doing it without Joss seems like a mistake. On the other hand the movie was so bad they can really only go up from there. I do wonder if they're starting over and if it will still be "buffy" or if they're just taking the storyline and it will be a new slayer/new name.
janet on May 25, 2009
My first reaction is that this is a terrible idea, but if they do find some way to give it the "JJ's Star Trek" treatment, keeping existing continuity while making the movie their own, I guess it could be all right...but the whole "every generation" thing was kind of undone in the series finale of the Buffy show, so I don't think they could pull that one off. Man. I'm just really not liking this idea. Whedon's involvement is the ONLY thing that could salvage it; I'm just not sure how even HE could.
Outlaw on May 25, 2009
Kuzui says: "Everything has its moment. Every movie takes on a life at some point, and this seems like the moment to do this." Because we're poor and we need to rape Joss Whedon's franchise even more.
Fuelbot on May 25, 2009
Bring it on. Only seen sporadic episodes of BtVS while it was on. I have no problem with a reboot. Whedon's not the only one that can do Buffy...
Chris @ Comichacks.com on May 25, 2009
prequels, sequels, reboots, remakes, reimaginings and now relaunches.... oh my I watched a couple of the episodes back in the day and it was alright... i remember that creepy one with the floating dentist looking creeps... but COME ON while they are at it they might relaunch saved by the bell and the fresh prince of bel air... and with the monetary success of transformers why not do a beast wars movie... and if that tron remake works then why not a ReBoot movie oh while they are at it they can maybe, just maybe, put together a movie that isn't based on a past IP and do something new... but i guess thats the a stretch
Janny on May 25, 2009
They beat you to it Janny.... =( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1121962/ Does anyone know if something happend between Kuzui and Whedon to cause the lack of Whedonism? And really. REALLY? Do we need /////another//// ****ing vampire movie. Did Twilight do this to us? If so, that movie was worse for the industry then it was for the people watching it.
Dude on May 25, 2009
Damn. Vampire flicks are the next big thing in Hollywood for sure.
Barnaby Barrilla on May 25, 2009
LINKFX on May 25, 2009
LEAVE IT ALONE... Jesus it'sonly been 6 years since the show went off the air. Give it at least 4 more years before you even START THINKING about doing anything with this idea. This movie sounds like a horrible idea. I am a huge fan of the show, hell I even got Angel's tattoo, and if Joss is not involved then I will not waste my money or time on it, and I expect every other fan for Joss' Buffyverse to stand behind not seeing this movie.
sumguynmdjon on May 26, 2009
Not a fan of Buffy anyways. I think this might be good for it's fans
Fisherr on May 26, 2009
I laugh if this takes off, there goes Joss meal ticket !
mjc on May 26, 2009
"then why not a ReBoot movie" Oh, the irony ¬_¬
Digital Metaphor on May 26, 2009
These people don't read the internet do they. The Whendonites will crucify this thing. There will be a boycott campaign the likes of which we have never seen. I do not see this as a good idea at all.
Moviegimp on May 26, 2009
As a huge Buffy fan I can't get behind this just based on the fact I want a Buffy movie with the characters from the tv shows not some relaunch crap.
CLAW on May 26, 2009
How is Sarah Michelle Geller going to pay the mortgage now? chuck
entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com on May 26, 2009
How the eff can anyone think about making BtVS without Joss Whedon? Making BtVS without Joss would be like making Star Wars without George Lucas... (okay, bad analogy. Many of us might want that, lol. But you get my point.) Joss was (and is) an integral part of BtVS, as much as any of the characters. Without him it absolutely will not be BtVS. Nor will I even consider seeing it. It's like chopping off your left arm right before the big swim meet! It's just not done I tells ya! It's just not done!
Jeep-Fu on May 26, 2009
Alex , please , watch the entire seasons of Buffy on dvd...you wont be disappointed i swear to god.
Fabrizio from argentina! on May 26, 2009
Leave or get Whedon. This is ridiculous. Abram's Star Trek sucked and could have at least been arguably alright if they didn't give Spock a fucking girlfriend. This is pathetic. What's worse is, like Abrams they may stupid enough to actually write in that it is a different universe. Make it a sequel to the original movie or base it off the series but to make these movies like there is no expanded universe is getting ridiculous. Lucas lost sight of that but made money, so DAMN YOU GEORGE LUCUS!!!
LSP on May 26, 2009
Horrible, Horrible, Horrible Idea I just flipped over to IMDB to check out Fran Rubel's list of achievements, wow that was a quick read. Check out Whedon and the list just goes on and on, forgive me but this is just insane. Wake me up when HOLLYWOOD is about to remake THE NEW TESTAMENT but JESUS ain't in it, now that would be only slightly more offensive
Barry on May 26, 2009
FUCK THIS SHIT!
AllmightyKeim on May 26, 2009
I'm usually not the one to rail against remakes and reboots but this is fucking insane. This is OUR Star Wars, OUR Godfather and OUR Star Trek all rolled into one. I hate how "fanboy" I sound (and feel) right now but this is the worst thing I've ever heard. #12 was right. You've never seen fanboys and fangirls rally like you will if this thing actually gets developed without Joss. I guess I have a question for Joss at Comic-Con this year.
Grooviemann1 on May 26, 2009
Yeah I gotta go with #20 on this.
jman571 on May 26, 2009
Please god! Stop this movie befor it even starts
D on May 26, 2009
What a terrible idea. What the hell are they on?! Buffy is Buffy because of Joss. Buffy is Joss, Joss is Buffy, and Ben is Glory.
sm on May 26, 2009
Bad ideas like this eat you, starting with your bottom. I really hope there is at least some level of Whedon involvement, if only for his humor.
DuirMan on May 26, 2009
I loved the original movie, it had classic 90's written all over it with 2 young popular names in it at the time. I don't know why they would reboot this especially if the main creator is not involved. They will try to make it all serious, but that's why I watch True Blood. This will be terrible.
Craig on May 27, 2009
Like #26 said... True Blood is the "Buffy" of today. Im really NOT interested in seeing a Buffy movie without the Buffy cast. Will suck totally.
coswell on May 27, 2009
Okay, so my standards will be a little high (Sarcasm? What sarcasm!?!). If they REALLY have to go there, it has to be as good as Joss would do it OR BETTER!! Good luck with that (happening)!!
Tanglia on May 29, 2009
Not happy, not happy at all.
danielle on May 30, 2009
The reason why the original movie sucked was because Fran and Kaz Kuzui stomped all over Joss Whedon's ideas. They changed much of his script and directed it into the ground. As a Buffy fan, if they are going to make a Buffy movie, I want it sooner rather than later. My reason for saying this is because I would like the same cast looking roughly the same from when it went off air. Fran and Kaz, stop trying to make money off your terrible ideas, get Joss and the cast or leave it alone.
Matt on Jun 18, 2009
I've been watching Buffy with my dad, I haven't finished the series yet, but even I know that remaking it would be a bad idea!!!!! How dumb can those people get?! I totally agree with 6 and 13!! Have these people never realized how stubborn the viewers are? Chuck was brought back for a 3rd season because of THE VIEWERS!!!! Not to sound cheesy but, "we made brought you into this world, we can just as easily take you out." But instead of bringing it, we made it clear that we enjoy it. Remaking the movie would just place a dark ugly stain on the buffy universe, Joss Whedon IS buffy. SERIOUSLY!!!!!!! Those people saw how suckish it was without Whedon, then Whedon got his way, AWESOME show. I swear, those people are so stupid.
Carisa on Jul 15, 2009
Oh yeah, and even though I like Twilight, but if this is the cause for all this insanity . . . sorry, but buffy is better, and besides Bella-Edward was SO copying Buffy-Angel!!!!! NO ONE ever comes up with anything original anymore!! I agree with 5.
Carisa on Jul 15, 2009
the last one was really cheesy and i loved spike and the others in the series but hey i will walk into that theater with an open mind is sarah michelle gellar going to be in it i wonder because the girl before her is probably really old by now
jonie on Oct 3, 2009
I dont think this movie will be as good as the TV SERIES itself especially without Joss Whedon and the crew (angel, spike, xander and willow). Sarah Michelle Gellar really did play the part and is the best buffy ever existed! But i am happy to give this new movie in 2012 a go to see what it is like! Might be alright but it will never ever beat the original Buffy the vampire slayer!!!!
Erika on Dec 10, 2009
I like the idea of a new movie. But, to not have the original cast from the TV show seems like a let down. Is there any new news regarding the movie? How could Joss not be part of it?
Sally on May 12, 2010
i totally agree with you, The movie should be better now that we have better equipment and shitt... and i haven't heard anything about the remake YETTT..
Rch24644 on Apr 4, 2011
Maybe wishful thinking they release the film on 21.12.2012. So we may never see crap they make of revamp of the orginal buffy. (ok know the world will not end then.)
Bugeyes on Jul 29, 2010
I'm sorry but for those that think joss whedon shouldn't be involved are deeply screwed to find that no one does buffy better than joss and about the cast, they made it what it is today, a truly great tv series that left people crying for more while their hearts were heavy waiting for it to start once again.My opinion: well they should definetl;y do a movie for closure for the fans of buffy, but they should do it old scholl with the original cast and the original director and writer, cause once something is said and done, like buffy it can't be beat better than the original.
Buffy fan on Sep 17, 2010
Honestly I didnt like the orginal movie... But I LOVEEEEEEE the showww. Maybe since we have better equipment then what they had in the 90's it'll be soooo muchhh better and hell maybe they'll create a whole new slayer, who knows.. but i'm hoping they doo
Rch24644 on Apr 4, 2011
Bad idea to not use Joss and Sara and the original cast....Bad Idea.
Konk on Sep 18, 2012
The final episode eluded to another Hell mouth in Cleveland, Joss should pick up on that and run like crazy, the fans still want it. Buffy can now be the mentor for the next Generation. Just like Charmed, the next generation needs to take over with the sisters still involved.
Konk on Sep 18, 2012
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