Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment, and the original franchise rights holders, Kuzui Enterprises (Fran Rubel Kuzui and Kaz Kuzui), of the movie Buffy The Vampire Slayer are looking to remake the popular vampire slayer movie and at the moment, it looks like they're looking to do it without Joss Whedon.
Joss Whedon wrote the screenplay for the 1992 movie and as we all know, was brought back to helm the highly popular TV series that ran from 1997 to 2003, and also led to the 1999 spin-off, Angel.
Despite the rich history of the Buffy TV franchise, there are no plans to use some of the more popular characters from the TV series like Angel, Willow or others. They're looking to take the franchise into a darker direction than the original and have a slayer that is destined to protect each generation of humanity.
At the moment though Whedon is not attached to this new project.
It may only be that he has not been contacted by Kuzui Enterprises yet and has not been ruled out. At this point they are meeting with writers and hearing what they have for ideas on the new premise.
For this premise to actually work, they need to be very careful how they approach this new idea of theirs.
I like the idea of it being darker but the idea of anyone else helming a Buffy project aside from Whedon might be breaking a holy seal of such.
They already have an installed fanbase, but it will be a fine line they'll be walking if they use anyone besides Whedon. Yet sometimes, change is warranted and can be successful. It will be interesting to see what happens. As details develop, we'll keep you apprised.
How do you feel about this potential change to the Buffy The Vampire Slayer franchise reboot? Who do you think might be a good writer to replace the irreverent Joss Whedon - or do you think this is just noise to generate media buzz, saying they aren't looking at Whedon to guide the reboot?
Source: Hollywood Reporter