More than a decade ago, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer heading to an end, Joss Whedon was kicking around ideas for a spinoff — and he had one heck of a cool idea for Anthony Stewart Head’s tortured watcher, Giles.
Dubbed Ripper, the series was put into development at BBC in 2001 and never made it out of the script stage. The miniseries reportedly would’ve focused on Giles as he returns to England after the end of Buffy and faces his own horror story with ghosts and hauntings.
It had a lot of buzz, but Whedon got busy with other projects on the way to becoming a legit geek god over at Marvel, and Ripper became one of those mythical potential Buffy projects alongside the animated series and Faith spinoff.
But all these years later, Head says he is still up for making the series if Whedon can carve out the time (which is saying a lot, since he’s currently three-fourths of the way into shooting Avengers: Age of Ultron). Here’s what Head told Vulture:
“I would do it. I would do anything to work with Joss again. He's a wonderful storyteller, a great director, and a lovely man. I would love to, you know? Whether it's Ripper or something else. It's more about what happens to Giles when he's cut adrift from Buffy and the rest of them. It’s a beautiful, beautiful ghost story, and it's extremely haunting, as you would expect of Joss. It's unlike anything that I've ever read before. And if Joss is still game, then I am!”
Considering Whedon’s clout these days, you’d have to think the network would jump at the chance to get a piece of the pie. Plus, could you imagine a Buffy spinoff finally happening, after all these years? Oh, the possibilities are endless. Of course, this is essentially a pipe dream, but it’s nice to know Head is still game for making it happen.
If you’re still jonesing for a Giles fix, Head is currently co-starring on Syfy’s Dominion, which airs on Thursday nights.