Is the new proposed BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER reboot legit? I’ve heard a lot of opinions, but it was after a conversation with someone at 20Th Century Fox that made me wonder: is this a powerplay?
Fran Kuzui owns the rights to BUFFY even though Joss Whedon wrote the screenplay and invented the character. It’s your normal story of young artist taken advantage of by Hollywood. However Kuzui did go to Whedon first when the idea of a TV Show was born. So why wouldn’t they go to Whedon for a movie?
They want to. That is what I’ve been told. They want a Whedon/Gellar BUFFY movie. However Gellar or Whedon (maybe both) have balked when the idea is brought up. So what better way to force their hands than the idea that their Brand might be tarnished by a reboot?
This could be a big bluff. The fanbase hates the idea, and I’m not sold they could create a new fanbase when the old will be extremely vocal against it. However they can likely pull the financing needed for a low budget movie. So they can try and force Gellar and Whedon to committ to a possible big screen adventure. Gellar is pregnant and will likely push the project back a year or more, but they could committ to it and stop the upcoming reboot.
Obviously a Gellar/Whedon BUFFY is worth more to the Studios than a project with out.
So we’ll have to wait and see how far this charade goes.