Buffy the Vampire Slayer may be venturing forth once more…
But this time, without her most potent weapon — Joss Whedon.
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that not only is a new Buffy feature film in development, but it’s going forward without the input of her creator, Joss Whedon, who shepherded her through a film as well as an immensely successful television show (and comics).
This new film, which is being worked on by original director Fran Rabel Kuzui along with her husband Kaz and Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison, would be a remake or relaunch of the franchise, leaving out supporting characters Willow, Angel, Xander, and Spike. According to the trade, Kuzui and Kuzui Enterprises has held on to the rights since Kuzui, “discovered the “Buffy” script from then-unknown Whedon. She developed the script while her husband put together the financing to make the 1992 movie, which was released by Fox.”
The producers are meeting with writers and hearing takes on the property, and while they do not rule out Whedon’s involvement, they have not reached out to him. Kuzui told the trade that they are constantly approached about not only Buffy film sequels but also theater, video games and foreign remakes.
“It was Roy’s interest in taking Buffy into a new place that grabbed us,” Fran Kuzui told THR.
Needless to say, many of the fans on Whedonesque are not thrilled — what say you, Rama readers?