I just felt a powerful disturbance, like a million fanboys screaming, “Oh no, not again” in unison.
Reboot fever is running rampant in Hollywood thanks to the success of the new Star Trek movie. Up next on the docket: Buffy. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Fran and Kaz Kuzui are working with Vertigo Entertainment to relaunch Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.
Kuzui Enterprises were the executive producers of both the 1992 movie and the TV series, as well as its spinoff, Angel. As we all know, there have been rumors flying for a long time about a possible Buffy movie. They have surely wanted to bring their property back to life, and with the interest of Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison, they have something to run with.
Vertigo has its ties to Buffy in that they produced Sarah Michelle Gellar’s horror flicks, The Grudge and The Grudge 2. What this also shows is that Vertigo has been successful with remakes, like The Grudge, The Ring, and other horror movies that Vertigo remade for Hollywood.
This could, in my opinion, bode well if they can give Buffy a real reboot. If they take our beloved Slayer in a whole new direction, I could be willing to forgive a lot. I could even consider this a good thing if Joss Whedon was involved, but he has not been approached as of now. Further, the blasphemy continues in their suggestion that none of the Scoobies from the long-running TV series would be in the movie. Well, in my humble and unrequested opinion, that would be like a remake of Star Trek featuring Kirk but without Spock, Scotty, Sulu, Bones and the rest of the crew. Not just a J.J. Abrams-induced recast and retcon, but a whole new universe to play in.
I’m torn. For I am a Joss Whedon fan to the core, but I’m also a Buffy fan. I say give Fran and Kaz enough celluloid to hang themselves or to prove fans wrong. I’d personally rather see a Season Eight influenced movie with Joss and the TV cast back, but I think we’ve all heard (repeatedly) that just isn’t gonna happen. Maybe this old beastie just needs some fresh blood to bring her back.