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Old November 22 2010, 10:43 PM   #1
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Buffy TVS to be (ugh) Rebooted

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.


Atlas Entertainment 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?


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Old November 22 2010, 10:45 PM   #2
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Yes, fans are awaiting the character's return. But they want her to be played by SMG, saying lines written by Whedon
Exactly. I have no interest in seeing this world return if it's not with the exact same cast and writers.
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Old November 22 2010, 10:48 PM   #3
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Re: Buffy TVS to be (ugh) Rebooted

What is the fucking point of this? The show hasn't even been off the air that long! What's next, canceling a TV series and then rebooting it the very next season?

I shouldn't joke, since things like that actually do happen in the world of TV (seaQuest 2032, for example.)
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Old November 22 2010, 10:59 PM   #4
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Re: Buffy TVS to be (ugh) Rebooted

The strangest things about all of this, to me, are that BTVS would be called "classic" and would get a cinematic reboot. After watching the original film (just once, so painfully I never touched the series), I never would have thought something like this would happen. Must say something about the quality show, though.
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Old November 22 2010, 11:22 PM   #5
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I remember when the news first came out last year that the Kuzuis were planning a remake. I thought it was a horrible idea then, and it still is. There is no Buffyverse without Joss.
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Old November 22 2010, 11:33 PM   #6
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No Joss, no sale.
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Old November 22 2010, 11:35 PM   #7
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Can they get Billy Piper?

Okay, yeah, it'll probably be that girl from Heroes.
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Old November 22 2010, 11:36 PM   #8
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The Buffyverse is perfectly suited to spinoffs without rebooting, and unlike many franchises they could be spinoffs that could feature new characters and stand largely alone and not get too insular for casual viewers. So it'll be especially disappointing if they go the reboot route instead.
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Old November 22 2010, 11:38 PM   #9
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The Buffyverse is perfectly suited to spinoffs without rebooting, and unlike many franchises they could be spinoffs that could feature new characters and stand largely alone and not get too insular for casual viewers. So it'll be especially disappointing if they go the reboot route instead.
Quite true. I would much rather see the universe continue in the form of a spin-off.
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Old November 22 2010, 11:42 PM   #10
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What is the fucking point of this? The show hasn't even been off the air that long! What's next, canceling a TV series and then rebooting it the very next season?
Knight Rider 2008 did something similar. Half the cast was cut midway before being canceled
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Old November 22 2010, 11:42 PM   #11
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Words cannot express what a BAD idea this is. I have the same feeling of impending dread I had about Alien 3
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Old November 22 2010, 11:45 PM   #12
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Epic fail.
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Old November 22 2010, 11:49 PM   #13
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The strangest things about all of this, to me, are that BTVS would be called "classic" and would get a cinematic reboot. After watching the original film (just once, so painfully I never touched the series), I never would have thought something like this would happen. Must say something about the quality show, though.
I don't use the word classic lightly but I genuinely believe that it can be applied to BTVS. Yes, the original movie was pants and it - and the very name - put me off the tv show but once I gave it a chance, I was hooked. You should give it a try.
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Old November 22 2010, 11:50 PM   #14
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What is the fucking point of this?
Making money by using a pre-existing property to cash in on a current craze.


The show hasn't even been off the air that long! What's next, canceling a TV series and then rebooting it the very next season?
This has nothing to do with the TV series. Fran Rubel Kuzui and Kaz Kuzui produced the original 1992 movie (along with Sandollar Productions), and thus they own the rights to the Buffy character. They were credited as executive producers on the Buffy and Angel TV shows because of that ownership, but they had no involvement in the shows beyond getting paid for the character's use. And now the Kuzuis have optioned the rights to the character to a different set of filmmakers, people who had no connection with the TV shows.

Also, I think you misread the news release; this is a feature film reboot, not a new TV series.
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What is the fucking point of this?
Making money by using a pre-existing property to cash in on a current craze.


The show hasn't even been off the air that long! What's next, canceling a TV series and then rebooting it the very next season?
This has nothing to do with the TV series. Fran Rubel Kuzui and Kaz Kuzui produced the original 1992 movie (along with Sandollar Productions), and thus they own the rights to the Buffy character. They were credited as executive producers on the Buffy and Angel TV shows because of that ownership, but they had no involvement in the shows beyond getting paid for the character's use. And now the Kuzuis have optioned the rights to the character to a different set of filmmakers, people who had no connection with the TV shows.

Also, I think you misread the news release; this is a feature film reboot, not a new TV series.
It wasn't misread. Read the post.
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