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'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' -- a third version?

Buffytvposter Buffymovieposter Not that Hollywood's short of ideas or anything, but there's a move afoot to remake Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- not the Sarah Michelle Gellar TV series, but the 1992 film with Kristy Swanson. The Hollywood Reporter says Fran Rubel Kuzui, whose company Kuzui Enterprises still owns the rights to Buffy, is working with production company Vertigo Entertainment to remake the moviefrom scratch without Gellar or any of the other TV cast members -- or even any reference to the various witches, demons and robots invented for the TV show. (Tough luck, Angel and Willow fans.) Thus far there's been no attempt to involve Joss Whedon, who wrote the movie's screenplay and was the creative brains behind the TV show.

What seems odd about this to me is that, as far as I know, I'm the only person in the universe except for Kristy Swanson who actually liked the original film. The idea of an airhead Valley Girl (Buffy's defense on botching a current-events test: "Excuse me for not knowing about El Salvador, like I'm ever going to Spain anyway") being humanity's last line of defense against an underworld of drooling vampires struck me as hilarious. Everybody else, not so much. Whedon, who wanted more of a horror movie and less of a comedy, thought it butchered his script. Critics loathed it.  The audience started small and quickly got tiny. Seventeen years later, after the success of the TV show, does Kuzui think things are going to be different?


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