Buffy the Vampire Slayer Movie: Without Sarah Michelle Gellar or Joss Whedon?
In what may come as a spike to the heart of Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series fans, it looks as if a possible Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie will have no connection to the Joss Wheon series, which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The new "Buffy" film, however, would have no connection to the TV series, nor would it use popular supporting characters like Angel, Willow, Xander or Spike. Vertigo and Kuzui are looking to restart the story line without trampling on the beloved existing universe created by Whedon, putting the parties in a similar situation faced by Paramount, J.J. Abrams and his crew when relaunching "Star Trek."
One of the underlying ideas of "Buffy" allows Vertigo and Kuzui to do just that: that each generation has its own vampire slayer to protect it. The goal would be to make a darker, event-sized movie that would, of course, have franchise potential.
The parties are meeting with writers and hearing takes, and later will look for a home for the project. The producers do not rule out Whedon's involvement but have not yet reached out to him.Speaking from Tokyo, Fran Kuzui said the company is constantly approached not only about sequels but theater, video games and foreign remakes for "Buffy." When Vertigo's Lee contacted them, they were intrigued.
I enjoyed Buffy, but Angel was my favorite of the two. It's hard for me to imagine a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie without any connection to the TV series, or its spinoff.