Would you be excited or baffled if I told you Buffy The Vampire Slayer might be coming back? Well, the rumours surrounding a reboot of the Buffy series are confusing, but one thing seems for sure: Joss Whedon isn’t likely to be involved.
Most of the rumours surround a new movie: apparently the success of Twilight has whetted people’s appetites for love affairs with vampires. Lest we forget, the Buffy/Angel affair was the first proper teen/vampire romance. So to prove it, Buffy will be resurrected (not like she’s never been resurrected before, eh?) and given another cinematic adventure.
The bad news? It will completely ignore the seven series long, legendary Buffy tv series. It’ll be all-new actors, and all new stories. The guys at FilmThreat are not happy:
Regardless of your feelings toward remakes or reboots, this is a stunningly miscalculated idea. The reason that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is so respected as a property is because of the people behind and in front of the camera. Fans couldn’t care less about the idea per se of a former California cheerleader turned ass-kicking vampire hunter (at least I didn’t). It was all in the execution. Whedon and company used the trappings to create a rich mythology, uncommonly vivid characters, and potent social commentary that rarely got in the way of the storytelling.
It seems that by stripping away all the classic characters like Giles, Willow, Xander, etc, the producers are paving the way for the series to be taken in a completely different direction. What’s not clear is how successful they’ll be.
The Geeks Of Doom have a run down of the current plans:
Kuzui Enterprises and Vertigo Entertainment are officially working on a possible relaunch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The relaunch wouldn’t likely involve Buffy-master Joss Whedon, as it would be a new take for a new generation. The original 1992 Whedon-penned script was discovered by Fran Rubel Kuzui, who also directed the movie which starred Kristy Swanson, Luke Perry, and Paul Reubens. Fran and her husband Kaz Kuzui, along with Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo are currently exploring options and hearing ideas from writers.
It stirkes me that even though the Kuzui’s own the rights to Buffy, the fans (and there are many) will have much to say about a reboot that eliminates all the stuff that made Buffy great. For a show that was as big as Buffy, the fans arguably have as much ownership of the brand as the Kuzui’s.
If they are to do a complete reboot, they should do it with an entirely new slayer. Don’t drag the Buffster into it. OK, maybe for a cameo or something. But if every generation has a slayer, give the next generation a slayer of their own and don’t mess with the legend!
I am in support of this as long as they can preserve the humor and vibe of the classic series, but do it with different characters and personalities.
Suggestions for titling: Buffy: Reloaded or Buffy: The Next Generation.