We've heard rumblings in the past about the possibility of a Buffy The Vampire Slayer reboot, but today it's official! Warner Bros. Pictures and Atlas Entertainment are the studios developing the new project, and Batman Begins producer Charles Roven is the man spearheading the operation along with Steve Alexander, Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring, How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed).
Whit Anderson is attached to write the script, and she hasn't really done much prior to this film, but Roven had this to say about her involvement in the project,
Generally, I wouldn’t have said ‘Let’s revive this,’ but Whit’s take is pretty compelling and a lot of fun, and it’s interesting to see all of this re-imagined. This is a completely new reboot. Tone is extremely important and you want the audience to realize what is at stake and the peril is real, but at the same time what’s going on should be fun and inviting and keep everyone engaged. It needs to be relevant to today, too, and that is what Whit has found a way to do.
Anderson, herself added the following,
I didn’t really watch much television at all, but I always watched ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ that was the one show I would watch when I got home. I just loved this character. I was the same age as Buffy and it was so rare to have a female lead character on TV in those days who was strong and capable and smart but also allowed to be feminine.
The thing that was so wonderful about ‘Buffy’ is what made it special was so timeless… The deep struggle she had with duty and destiny, that tug between what you’re supposed to be doing and what you want to be doing. The fate of the world is on her shoulders but some days she wakes up and she just doesn’t want to do it. And are we doomed and destined to love someone? That conflict was very interesting to me.
I've been a huge fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer over the years, but as much as these people would like me and the rest of the fans to be excited about it, I'm not. I'm not sure about the rest of you; some of you may be excited for for it and think it will be great to see Buffy back up on the big screen. But this just seems like another pointless reboot to me.
What do you all think about Buffy getting a big screen reboot?
Here's a little more background on how this project came to be from the press release:
Warner Bros. Pictures optioned the rights from creators Fran and Kaz Kuzui, and from Sandollar Productions (Sandy Gallin and Dolly Parton), for Atlas and Vertigo to produce. Buffy the Vampire Slayer first appeared as a film in 1992, subsequently becoming a cult hit and spawning the wildly popular television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz, among many others.
"Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy," said Roven. "There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character's return to the big screen. We're thrilled to team up with Doug and Roy on a re-imagining of Buffy and the world she inhabits. Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high school Buffy, she'll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be."
Whit Anderson is represented by CAA, Wirehouse Entertainment and Julian Zajfen at Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie & Stifflemen.