‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Movie Reboot On The Way [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 1:21 am,

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[UPDATE: Buffy creator Joss Whedon has responded to the news. Check out his comments below.]

There have been rumblings of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie reboot for a couple of years now. The last time we heard, original rights holders Fran Rubel Kazui and Kaz Kazui were interested in developing a new film that would take the franchise in a “darker direction” – and they were doing it without the involvement of Buffy creator Joss Whedon.

When the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series debuted on television in 1997, it was more than a quirky cult hit – it also acted as vindication for Whedon, whose original vision for the 1992 film of the same name had been severely compromised by Kazui Enterprises.  When the movie reboot rumors surfaced, fans were understandably apprehensive about the property reverting back to Kazui, the same people who had so poorly mishandled it in the first place.

It was later reported that Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) had been offered the lead role of Buffy and that TV series star Sarah Michelle Gellar might make a cameo appearance. Thankfully, this never materialized and the project seemingly vanished.

Well, now it’s back – Warner Bros. has optioned the rights and a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie is officially underway. Charles Roven and Steve Alexander will produce the reboot alongside Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment (How To Train Your Dragon, The Departed).

The script is being written by Whit Anderson and evidently this new take on Buffy‘s mythology was enough to spark Roven’s interest:

“Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy…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.”

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I know I won’t be alone in declaring that I’m not terribly supportive of this. Whedon has such an offbeat and specific sense of humor. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show had just the right balance of scares and laughs and it did it all with a pitch-perfect tongue-in-cheek attitude. It’s an incredibly difficult tone to achieve. In fact, look no further than the original Buffy movie for an example of how easy it is to screw up.

I’m just not convinced that this is a property that needs updating – especially when new generations of fans continue to discover Whedon’s TV show. The concept -a high school valley girl becomes a hardened vampire slayer – meshed well with Whedon’s unique style of writing, but I’m not sure how it’s going to hold up with a “darker” approach.

Update: It looks like Buffy fans aren’t the only ones saddened by this news. After the story broke, E!‘s Kristin Dos Santos sent an email to Joss Whedon asking how he felt about this development. Here’s his reply:

Kristin, I’m glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film. This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.

Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this. My first reaction upon hearing who was writing it was, “Whit Stillman AND Wes Anderson? This is gonna be the most sardonically adorable movie EVER.” Apparently I was misinformed. Then I thought, “I’ll make a mint! This is worth more than all my Toy Story residuals combined!” Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?

I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don’t love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I’m also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly. I can’t wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill. I can, however, take this time to announce that I’m making a Batman movie. Because there’s a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.

Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.

Meanwhile, Bones creator Hart Hanson just tweeted this picture of Buffy alum David Boreanaz’s reaction to the news:

What do you think? Is Buffy the Vampire Slayer ripe for re-imagining or should they leave well enough alone?

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

Update Source: E! and Twitter.

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  1. If they really want to make a buffy show them at least use the real characters. Or they could just tell a different slayers story. A remake would ruin Buffy.

    • I agree with you 100%. They should use the original cast or start a whole new slayer story with someone else. Let Buffy pass the baton to a new slayer. Daria The Vampire Slayer, Kimberly The Vampire Slayer, Samantha The Vampire Slayer just a few examples of made up slayer names. It’s not that hard.

      • I like what Rod stated. I think though, it would work very well if they would work with Joss Whendon. Maybe he isn’t directing it, but maybe at least as a Aid. Also, I think it would be a major downer if the cast weren’t included.

    • What about a cartoon series? They did an awesome job with Batman years back.
      I like having Buffy and crew still “alive.” The SyFy channels showing a marathon today has made me very nostalgic. And while were at it how about a cartoon series about firefly?

      Perhaps Josh could do a futuristic Buffy and a very futuristic firefly series or movie.

      Just a few crazy thoughts.

  2. I am a big fan of buffy and angel i have the dvds of both my daughter and two sons also became fans we still watch it over and over my daughter sent an email years ago wanting to get the gang back together one more time to finish the fight after the last episode of angel as the gang gets back together for one more fight and buffy and angel finaly end up to gether i say if u can’t get the origanal gang back together don’t bother with a movie u will piss off alot of generations of buffy and angel fans let it go stop repeting good things let you imagination think of somthing differant if u cant u don’t belong in this business

  3. this is horrible. I grew up watching BTVS and Angel.. It didn’t even feel right after Eliza went on to do a different show after BTVS.. then, Sarah started doing movies. I didn’t even feel right with that. David’s the only one who really made a smooth transition. hmph. I agree with other posts, they don’t need to reboot. Do a story of a different Slayer or something like that.

    • I agree with you. They should do a new slayer’s story.
      Just please not Kennedy!

      • I agree with you on Kennedy. She was my least favorite potential slayer. However, most of the other potential slayers that would have been interesting to follow were killed off during or before the final battle. :(

  4. Its a shame that JW isn’t involved but I look forward to seeing it regardless. I didn’t mind the first movie, but I hope this one is much better… I find it interesting how JW said that they can’t come up with a new idea, yet he is writing for Avengers and Batman…. really… Batman is in need for an update? I have watched the new Batman movies and they SUCK! But it still doesn’t stop me from injoying the comic books or animations, just like this buffy movie. No matter how bad it is it won’t stop me from injoying the Buffy the vampire show(which is my favourite show of all time) or Angel. However after your statment I did lose a little respect for you since the things you said they are doing is the same thing you are doing yourself.

    • the batman one was a joke and so was the avengers one [kinda

      • The Dark Knight films were brilliant AND entertaining. “The Avengers” was entertaining…until I walked out of the theater. The Buffy movie was the real joke. The series, thankfully, was a great improvement…but nothing groundbreaking.

    • Seriously , that was his point, its not. As in nor his his creation in need of this. Read the sarcasm…

  5. As a fan of the original series I would love to
    See another BETTER. movie of it Sarah Michelle gellar
    Or Michelle Ryan to play BUFFY

  6. I am a huge buffy tv series fan…i personally hate the way it ended. I want the original cast same story just continued. Maybe a different slayer but same show just later on. I think it would be a huge hit.

  7. It would be really great if they could get the original cast back together, Buffy and Angel both. They could come together for a common purpose say…..the continuation of Angel with Buffy and the scoobies showing up to help save the day(s). Be a great way for Buffy to know that Spike came back from the hellmouth. Sure it would be awkward, at first, Angel I think had moved on enough during the series that he would really see how deep a relationship Spike and Buffy had before Spike saved the world. AND there would be the whole saving the world thingy too!
    Spike totally loved Buffy for quite awhile even when he was truly evil, I think that was the beginning of the transformation for him.
    So yeah, it would be awesome if the original folks came back together!
    It just wouldn’t be the same, AT ALL.

    • I agree, I would definitely love to see Spike come back and see more of his relationship with Buffy!

  8. I can’t wait another min to see what they come up with. I really wish joss would be involved. I hope they dont destroy the new movie, cause i am unsure if anyone could create the movie better then the series. They should have buffy willow and xandar do random appeareness or even invited them to be the new slayers trainers. I dont think they should be left out. And they better have james marsers in it. No one can beat his additude and what he brings to the screen. Its gotta be nothin but perfect because if its not it will kill buffy all together.

  9. I can’t wait another min to see what they come up with. I really wish joss would be involved. I hope they dont destroy the new movie, cause i am unsure if anyone could create the movie better then the series. They should have buffy willow and xandar do random appeareness or even invited them to be the new slayers trainers. I dont think they should be left out. And they better have james marsers in it. No one can beat his additude and what he brings to the screen. Its gotta be nothin but perfect because if its not it will ruin buffy all together.

  10. I can’t wait another min to see what they come up with. I really wish joss would be involved. I hope they dont destroy the new movie, cause i am unsure if anyone could create the movie better then the series. They should have buffy willow and xandar do random appeareness or even invited them to be the new slayers trainers. I dont think they should be left out. And they better have james marsers in it. No one can do his additude and what he brings to the screen. Its gotta be nothin but perfect because if its not it will ruin buffy all together.

  11. I can’t wait another min to see what they come up with. I really wish joss would be involved. I hope they dont destroy the new movie, cause i am unsure if anyone could create the movie better then the series. They should have buffy willow and xandar do random appeareness or even invited them to be the new slayers trainers. I dont think they should be left out. And they better have james in it. No one can do his additude and what he brings to the screen. Its gotta be nothin but perfect because if its not it will ruin buffy all together.

  12. Personally it is clear to me that it will be rubbish without the original creator on board. No one, no one, really knows Buffy like Joss. The role was fashioned after his own mother. To me this is just a crime in the suggestion. I am with you Joss, you should be in pain. Sorry that they do this to you.

  13. I cant wait for another Buffy movie
    hope they can bring original cas and writers back.
    Long time and still waiting
    hurry up people

  14. The people attempting to make this movie don’t have it easy, and nor should they. Buffy The Vampire Slayer is the kind of series that defines a generation and can change a persons outlook on life. If they screw this up they will have Hell to pay. Personally, I will be thoroughly pissed off if these people don’t do the franchise and Joss justice. If it were up to me Joss would be involved at least in some kind of consulting capacity. I mean they can’t just leave him out completely. If they did that they would probably end up with some piece of tween crap like Twilight or The Vampire Diaries. With all that stupid useless junk that makes you feel like you are losing brain cells when you watch it.

  15. how many people played Tarzan, Batman, Superman, James Bond? A new cast is no problem if they can be as good as the ones who came before them.

  16. I feel that a movie or new show should take up where the show left off. The same should be done with spike from Buffy/Angel

  17. The idea of a Buffy movie without Joss Whedon is ridiculous; Buffy & Angel have a huge following already and have new fans that are discovering the shows all the time. It is a no brainer that using the original cast with the original creator and following on the story from where they left of is a sure fire winner and a money maker. If they are going to go down the root of a re boot then still carry on from where they left off but with a different slayer and the original cast can make cameo appearances in it.

  18. I really wish you guys would make a Buffy the vampire slayer movie with Sara Michelle Gellar. And the rest of the crew. In my opinion it would be a great movie and I would love it!!!

  19. I really wish you guys would make a Buffy the vampire slayer movie with Sara Michelle Gellar,and the rest of the crew. In my opinion it would be a great movie and I would love it!!!

  20. I think that if they are going to do anything with it they need to get the original cast and pick up were the show ended and continue from there

  21. Think it can be done even tho you will never beat the original and you shouldn’t try but taking it in to a movie a big step should be a tv series people expect to much and it would be better explained as a series to capture the audience

  22. The best thing they could do is pick up from where they finished, 10 years after the final episode and keep the original cast (the characters that survived). After the final battle in Season 7, things returned to normal and they all got on with normal lives. The movie could then introduce an event that gets them all back together again to fight demons etc. Using different actors to play old characters hardly ever works, with the exception of James Bond….

  23. They made a Buffy and an Angel, they should make a Spike series now; or they could continue the Angel series.

  24. i don’t think it would be a horrible idea, if its written by someone who truly cares as much as Joss Whedon did. Or maybe Whedon, and anther writer get together and work it out! Joss there to sorta keep a familiar feeling to the writing. If the movie were to take off of the comic season 8, there’s thousands of ways to go.
    OR even off of 7, i have hope for MORE BTVS , ANGEL.

  25. Okay, let me just say that Buffy the vampire slayer is my absolute favorite show of all time! It’s pure genious. It has the purfect balance of horror, humor, and drama; and it has a perfect mix of darkness and warmth. I’m only 17 years old and I received the Buffy series for Christmas when I was 12. Of course it was already off air by then but I still watched it and to this day, I am still obsessed. The point of remaking movies and television shows is more so that you can do it and make it better than the original, or you remake it because its outdated or needs to be brought back in a new way or fresher sense. Joss Whedon is an absolute genious! No one could possibly recreate Buffy the vampire slayer and have it even compare to the original show. There’s no need to in the first place. Everyday, some new kid is starting to watch it and get engulfed in the world as I’m sure anyone has who has watched it. To know that someone out there who is not Joss Whedon is attempting to do this really upsets me and in my opinion, it’s a very wrong move. I don’t see it being very successful. But as for the original show, it’s actors, writers, and creator… I love you all so much. You helped me through my teen years and I don’t think ill ever stop re watching your show. It’s just amazing!

  26. I would love to see a reboot movie and maybe a series buffy was a great part of my childhood

  27. I’m a total Buffy fan and awaiting more, but i disagree that the original cast is necessary or that following a different slayer is the answer. The original cast is older now and Kristy Swanson played Buffy years before SMG took on the role. I think that an animated series or TV series would be much better than a movie since it didn’t really work in that medium the first time.

    I’d like to see a new cast playing Buffy, Willow, Xander etc but only if they can do the original justice.

    I do think Joss Whedon is integral to making it a success though

    • Please bring back the original cast PLEASE!!!!!

  28. I’ve been waiting for them to make a movie. But they’ve got to use the original cast!!!!!!!!

  29. Joss is the the only one who can make this a success but only if he has SMG & DAVID as the leads!! We all want BUFFY & ANGEL together again! I THINK IT COULD BREAK TITANIC’S RECORD AT THE BOX OFFICE, ONLY IF THESE THREE ARE INVOLVED!!

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