Really, what else can you say about the idea of a totally new Buffy, The Vampire Slayer movie that will probably not involve Joss Whedon, the creator of the concept? According to the Hollywood Reporter, that may be exactly what we are in store for.
The 1992 movie was produced by Kuzui Enterprises which still owns the rights to the character to this day. They obtained the rights after Fran Rubel Kuzui, the eventual director of the film, found the script by the then unknown Joss Whedon. Her husband, Kaz Kuzui, obtained the financing they needed and… it was a disaster. Although it technically made a profit on its modest $7 million budget, it only grossed $16 million at the box office, and it was viewed as a flop.
When it came time for the series, the Kuzui’s still owned the rights to Buffy herself, but not the characters created specifically for the series such as Willow, Xander, Angel and Spike. While the series was a success, and even went to spin off a seperate series, it appears that the Kuzui’s feel it could do with, you guessed it, a “reboot”.
Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment are working with the Kuzui’s to secure a studio and funding to launch an entirely new relaunched franchise that would ignore the television series, and would be separate of the first movie. The plan is for a darker, eent-sized movie that would set up its own history, and hopefully launch a whole new franchise.
The problem is that at this time Joss Whedon is in no way involved with the project. While it isn’t unusual for reboots/relaunches to not involve their original creators, you are talking about a beloved property that has one of the most loyal fan bases out there. Die hard fans of Whedon and the original works will more than likely avoid this new movie like it has the plague. True, we aren’t the entire potential audience for this movie, but without the long time fans behind it, it’s easy to imagine things won’t bode well for this project.
Hopefully someone will come to their senses and kill this before it gets anywhere close to being a reality.