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.

13 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Bangel Angle
    Bangel Angle

    The fact that this “reboot” involves the people from the movie that help make the movie crappy makes me groan.

    I can live with a Buffy movie not connected to the show. But I can’t live with a Buffy movie not connected to Joss Whedon. That’s what made the first movie suck.

    BTW IMO:
    The first five seasons of Buffy whoops the five seasons of Angel’s butt. But the last season of Angel totally beats Buffy’s final season. Overall: Buffy is the better series.

  2. Profile photo of Katiebug9624

    Can’t we all agree that Firefly was better than both? (ahhh don’t throw anything at me I loved Angel and Buffy to!) Yea I’m just trying to wrap my head around the idea of Buffy without Joss. Why would they want to reboot Buffy without Joss? Compare the movie to the tv series and you have no contest the tv show wins completely and call me crazy but wouldn’t a Buffy movie appeal mostly to Buffy/Whedon fans? Why alienate them by trying to appeal to the masses?

  3. Profile photo of dkellergrl2001

    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.

    So, will the character of “Buffy” not have some sort of mentor position and/or reference in their version? Why would they call it “Buffy The Vampire Slayer Movie”, if it’s going to be about “the next generation”? Wouldn’t it be called “Buffy: The Next Generation of Slayers” or something?

  4. Profile photo of c0rinne

    How can they even do it without speaking with Joss first. I just can’t see myself watching it w/o them.

    Plus, I think Spike (from the series) became my favorite part of the show, so I don’t know if I could stand it w/o him. I haven’t liked another vampire that much since.

  5. Profile photo of minipitbull007

    I loved both Angel and Buffy. Whats the point in making a Buffy film minus the characters and the creator who made it worth watching?

    Personally I think they should still include Joss the man is a genius and he has created more characters then the popular Buffy Angel Spike ext….He’s also created different slayer characters that would be interesting if the movie was based off of one of those characters.

  6. Profile photo of eightiesaddict

    What a major mistake! Good luck with this mess.

    Buffy is the penultimate character driven show, the type of storytelling that Grey’s Anatomy and Lost are currently using. There is a reason Buffy was listed in TVGuide as one of the top 20 shows of all time.

    Give Sarah time to have her baby, and Joss time to finish his movie and then do this project the right way.

    The tone of this movie will be completely off without Joss and Sarah. Bad, bad idea.

  7. Profile photo of VeryCleanIndeed

    Buffy without Joss Whedon is leaving out the key ingredient. Kazui has never known how to deal with Buffy and I doubt this would be any different.

    Another thing, Buffy has been able to live on in comics and it’s a good comic. But the series had an ending and I think at this point any live action continuation of the story would be gratuitous and would interfere with the integrity of what we already had on screen.

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    Susan Lanigan

    All I have to say is without Joss or Sarah what is the point? It’ll be like watching the last season of Gilmore Girls with out Amy Sherman Palladino or the last season of the X-Files without David Duchovony. A giant waste of time.

  9. Profile photo of Katiebug9624

    c0rinne ha ha I admit Buffy will always be my first love when it comes to the Whedonverse. I mean come on SMG got a primetime Emmy nomination for a show called Buffy The Vampire Slayer it was just that good.

  10. Profile photo of Dariclone

    I’m with c0rinne, I don’t think I need SMG to make a Buffy movie decent, espically seeing how she doesn’t seem to be interested in returning to the role, but Buffy without Joss? Wouldn’t work.

  11. Profile photo of got2luvmel

    There’s no point to this movie without Whedon!

    Joss Whedon is a master. His ‘Firefly’ follow-up movie ‘Serenity’ was off the chain. I loved the heck out of that movie. He gave a perfect closing to fans after we’d been screwed like yesterdays trash.

  12. Profile photo of c0rinne

    Katiebug9624, it was definitely better than Angel, and it could often be better than various episodes on Buffy. But, I loved Buffy, so not that much better and not that often.

  13. Profile photo of c0rinne

    eightiesaddict, penultimate? I don’t think that word means what you think it means, but I get your point.

    Although I don’t think SMG is needed for another Buffy chapter, I do agree that Joss is an ESSENTIAL. It’s like baking a cake without the flour, or building a sandcastle without the sand.

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