'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Movie In Development Without Joss Whedon: [ send to a friend ]
Now that vampires are all the rage thanks to 'Twilight', a big screen reboot of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' is in the works but there's a catch.
The film will have no involvement from 'Buffy' creator Joss Whedon or no connection to the long-running series or its original cast. The project is being called a remake or relaunch, but not a sequel or prequel.
Fran Rubel Kuzui, who directed the original 1992 movie which spawned the television series, and Vertigo Entertainment are looking to restart the story line without stepping on the existing universe created by Whedon, putting them in a similar situation faced by JJ Abrams when he decided to take on a reboot of 'Star Trek'.
The story would follow a new vampire slayer who must protect a new generation and Kuzui, who is the rights holder, hopes the new movie will take "Buffy into a new place."
The parties are currently hearing story ideas and meeting with writers.
However, the idea will no doubt be slammed by 'Buffy' fans before it even begins development. And can you blame them?
It was Whedon who took a relatively simple concept and elevated it to the status of a cult series with his mix of intriguing characters and concepts.
He is currently busy working on the second season of 'Dollhouse' and it's always possible he wasn't approached for the project as producers didn't want to wait for time to clear up on the series mastermind's schedule, but that doesn't sound very likely.