THR is reporting on what many people will consider to be a crime against all that is good and holy in the world. When people think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer they often think of its creator, Joss Whedon. In fact, many people have often asked why Whedon has never jumped Buffy to the big screen in the same way that he did with Firefly. The answer is really quite simple. He doesn’t have the movie rights. those belong to Kuzui Enterprises.
Kuzui and her Kuzui Enterprises have held onto the rights since the beginning, when she discovered the “Buffy” script from then-unknown Whedon. She developed the script while her husband put together the financing to make the 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. Kuzui and Sandollar received executive producer credits on “Buffy” and its spinoff, “Angel.”
The new movie would not involve Whedon at all. It would also ignore all Buffy TV cannon. That means no Spike, Angel, Xander or Willow.
Vertigo and Kuzui are looking to restart the story line without trampling on the beloved existing universe created by Whedon, putting the parties in a similar situation faced by Paramount, J.J. Abrams and his crew when relaunching “Star Trek.”
One of the underlying ideas of “Buffy” allows Vertigo and Kuzui to do just that: that each generation has its own vampire slayer to protect it. The goal would be to make a darker, event-sized movie that would, of course, have franchise potential.
What do these people really think they are doing? Buffy fans will not stand for a movie like this, so the only hope they have of making it successful is to ignore them and try to convince all the people who never liked Buffy that they will like this version. Ass hats.