10/10/2014 – USA
In 2009, The Hollywood Reporter put hopes in the heart of Buffy fans everywhere with the announcement that Buffy the Vampire Slayer was in the works for a feature relaunch. The response went a little something like this:
Studio: “Buffy’s coming back!”
“…Except it wouldn’t take place in a normal studio…”
Ha, that’s fine! I mean who really cares about that…—
“And it’s not a sequel or a prequel to the series…”
Oh… Well that’s okay as long as—
“And original series creator Joss Whedon won’t be involved…”
Oh… Well, is there at least—
“And none of the original cast and crew would be brought back.”
Okay, seriously, What the hell?
Thankfully there have been new updates to the project within the past five years to boost the confidence of less-enthused fans.
ScreenRant reported that “Warner Bros. has optioned the rights and a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie is officially underway.” However, skepticism among fans was remained present, as Whedon still wasn’t reported to be involved. Also, the studio seemed to be moving forward with their idea of a grittier storyline, unrelated to the series.
When E! writer Kristin Dos Santos contacted Whedon to get his opinion on the matter, his response wasn’t exactly positive. ScreenRant reported that Whedon told Santos that he had mixed emotions on the matter.
“I don’t love the idea of my creation in other hands,” Whedon said, “but I’m also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was.”
It’s not a hopeful response, but at least fans have been able to keep their mind off of the project over the years. Since the show’s finale in 2003, they were lucky to have had more ways of getting their Buffy fix than the diehard fans of other cancelled series.
There was spin-off series Angel, which wrapped up in 2004. Also, a comic book series was created in 2007 with Whedon staying on to produce the project to keep the tone similar. Published by Dark Horse, it served as a canonical continuation of the series. The first installment was titled Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight while the second was named Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine.
All eight seasons were even picked up by Amazon and added to their Instant Video series, a free viewing platform for those who subscribe to their Prime services.
There was even something to satisfy those who wanted to see a bit more of the “Scoobies.” In 2012, Adam & Eve Pictures released Buffy The Vampire Slayer: A XXX Parody. But this wasn’t your average parody. Viewers on their site rated the film 4/5 stars, praising its surprisingly talented acting. One reviewer said that in the film, “Buffy kicks ass in and out of bed!” and another commented that the film was well-versed, even including “hidden jokes that only true Buffy fans will catch.”
I suppose Buffy fans should consider themselves lucky that they have so many other outlets for their fandom. However, I don’t want anyone putting a black mark on a franchise and its subsequent comic books, spinoff series, and for some, even adult films, that we’ve all loved so dearly. Until more information on the movie is released, I personally can’t help but remain leery.