I don't know if this is necessarily news, as rumours of a Buffy movie without Sarah Michelle Gellar or Joss Whedon etc have been bouncing around for some time. But now it seems to be official, with an announcement by Warner Brothers that the world of the Slayer is to be rebooted for the big screen.
announced today it is rebooting the beloved franchise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, with Warner Bros. Pictures. Atlas' Charles Roven and Steve Alexander will produce the feature film alongside Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring
, How to Train Your Dragon
, The Departed
). Whit Anderson is writing the script.
Warner Bros. Pictures optioned the rights from creators Fran and Kaz Kuzui, and from Sandollar Productions (Sandy Gallin and Dolly Parton), for Atlas and Vertigo to produce. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
first appeared as a film in 1992, subsequently becoming a cult hit and spawning the wildly popular television series
starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz, among many others.
"Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy," said Roven. "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."
Whit Anderson is represented by CAA, Wirehouse Entertainment and Julian Zajfen at Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie & Stifflemen.
Yes, fans are awaiting the character's return. But they want her to be played by SMG, saying lines written by Whedon, Greenwalt etc. Who's betting that this is going to be some Twishite, Vampire Drearies rip-off, devoid of all the wit, humour and drama that fuelled the now-classic tv show?