Buffy the vampire slayer

A couple weeks ago it was announced that Buffy movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui was developing a new Buffy The Vampire Slayer film without the involvement of Buffy creator Joss Whedon. The movie would be darker, and would follow a new vampire slayer who must step up to protect this new generation. The Whedon fan community were shocked. Making a new Buffy film without Whedon’s involvement seemed rather pointless.

The good news: Apparently the new Buffy producers did reach out to Whedon after all. Whedon tells EW: “I believe [the producers] did ultimately reach out to my agent after the news broke.”

The bad news: Whedon wants no involvement. Whedon says, “I think that’s something better left untouched by me. So, I wish them luck.”

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Buffy the vampire slayer

Hollywood is developing a big screen reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer without Buffy creator Joss Whedon. Did you hear that? its the simultaneous gasp of Buffy fanboys (and fangirls) worldwide.

Fran Rubel Kuzui, who directed the original 1992 movie which spawned the television series, is developing the relaunch with Vertigo Entertainment. The characters and canon created in the television series will be completely abandoned.

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Could Buffy The Vampire Slayer make a comeback on the big screen? The Australian Herald Sun newspaper is reporting a new rumor that suggests the box office success of Twilight could have 20th Century Fox interested in a Buffy movie. And this is where the rumor gets a bit unbelievable. Apparently Joss Whedon has a screenplay already written, and ready to go.

I’m not saying that the idea is completely unbelievable, but it just seems a bit too coincidental. Especially considering that Season Eight of the series is currently being released in comic form. I’m sure that Buffy fans are already freaking out over the idea, and while I’m not saying it definitely isn’t going to happen, I would suggest that fans take a “wait and see” attitude.

Another big screen Buffy movie isn’t out of the question. After all, we’re talking about the same studio that brought The X-Files back to the big screen after being off the air for six years. One could argue that Fox would have learned their lesson with that release, which was made for over $30 million and grossed only $21 million domestically. But 20th Century Fox isn’t known for making smart decisions when it comes to movie and television properties.

Discuss: Would you pay to see a new big screen Buffy movie?

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Promo Pilot for Buffy the Animated Series Leaked

For some time now, the idea of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer animated series has been something that has left Joss Whedon fans salivating with anticipation. According to Wikipedia, we know that Whedon and comic writer Jeph Loeb started working on the series around 2001–but various complications prevented any real development until 2004, when a 3 1/2 minute pilot was produced featuring most of the show’s original cast members. The role of Buffy was played by Giselle Loren, best known for voicing the character in the Buffy video games.

The pilot was never picked up, and the project eventually died as Whedon and Loeb moved on to other projects. (Loeb is now a writer and executive producer for Heroes) Fans have been waiting eagerly since then to see this promo, but it never made its way to the Buffy DVDs as many wished. All hope was seemingly lost–that is, until somebody uploaded the pilot to Youtube earlier this month.

As initially reported by Geeks of Doom, the pilot offers a quick glimpse into what Buffy the Animated Series could have been, and honestly, I think it works surprisingly well. Set in the middle of the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the animated series would have offered a refreshing look back when things were simpler for the Scooby gang. Major characters would still be alive, and the presence of Buffy’s supernaturally-born sister Dawn would prove an interesting twist on the show’s first-season dynamic.

It’s a shame that the animated series was never picked up, but I wouldn’t count the series out entirely yet. Whedon’s recent online experiment with Dr. Horrible shows that he’s looking at new business models for his projects, and I could easily see the Buffy Animated Series working as a series of web shorts, or even just a series of direct-to-DVD films.

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