[Updated: Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon reacted to the news that a new Buffy movie is in the works, sans him and many of the characters he created for the cult-hit TV series, EW.com's Michael Ausiello reported:
"I hope it's cool," Whedon wrote the columnist.
OK, so maybe he'll have more to say later; he's currently making the horror movie Cabin in the Woods.]
A new incarnation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is being developed for the big screen, but don't get too excited, Buffy fans: This version wouldn't involve series creator Joss Whedon, would have no connection to the beloved TV show and wouldn't make use of such characters as Angel, Willow, Xander or Spike.
How can this be?
The movie is being developed by Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment and Fran Rubel Kuzui, the director of the original 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer film, and her husband, Kaz Kuzui, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The new Buffy is being called a remake or relaunch, but not a sequel or prequel, the trade paper reported.
Believe it or not, Kuzui and her Kuzui Enterprises have held on to the rights to Buffy since the beginning, when she discovered the Buffy script by then-unknown Whedon. She developed the script while her husband put together the financing to make the poorly received 1992 movie, which was released by Fox.
Kuzui later teamed with Gail Berman, then president of Sandollar Television, bringing back Whedon to make the TV series, which was produced by Fox TV and launched on The WB in 1997 (it later moved to UPN). Kuzui and Sandollar received executive producer credits on Buffy and its spinoff, Angel.
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.