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By Samuel Scott
Buffy Summers has been resurrected — again.
Although the plans to remake the original “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” 1992 film had been placed on hold after writer Whit Anderson’s script had been rejected, the movie, like the Slayer twice herself, has come back to life with a planned release during the holidays late this year. “Glee” actress Heather Morris will play the lead role.
In an exclusive joint-interview with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Online, Anderson and Barry Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. (the owner of the movie rights), explained their plans.
“We had private meetings with Anderson, and we agreed on certain changes to the initial script that we all believe “Buffy” fans will appreciate,” Meyer said in the telephone interview. “We would never want to produce a ‘Buffy’ film that would not be perfect.”
In the same telephone conversation, Anderson said, “We will remain faithful to the original script, but we will also include some of the themes that were addressed later in the television series. It will be a prequel, of course — and we are sure it will satisfy ‘Buffy’ fans just as the ‘Star Wars’ prequels were well-received by fans of that franchise. The successes of remakes including the new ‘Red Dawn’ and ‘Footloose’ show that it can be done well.”
Some of the described changes include:
- Changing Luke Perry’s character (Buffy’s love interest) into a mysterious, brooding, older man who harbors a dark secret
- Having a blond, British, sarcastic, foreign-exchange student come to the school
- Buffy’s first watcher will not meet the same fate as in the original — instead, he will leave to train potential slayers (some of whom will be revealed to be Buffy’s fellow students)
- Two of Buffy’s cheerleader friends will, respectively, experiment with her sexuality and start to explore witchcraft
- In an effort both to attract “Twilight” fans and satisfy “Buffy” fans, Robert Pattinson will play one of the evil vampires — and he will be staked by Buffy at an undetermined point in the film
- The indie, 1990s music of the television series will be replaced by pop hits from Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and other artists favored by the target demographic (teenage girls today)
- It will be hinted that one of Buffy’s teachers will be an incarnation of The First, the originator of evil who was the “Big Bad” of the seventh and final season of “Buffy.” The First will be seen to observe the new slayer for future planning
Anderson and Meyer also revealed in the interview that Morris, also a singer and dancer, will play the famous vampire slayer. The rest of the cast is still undetermined. Through a spokesperson, Morris told Buffy the Vampire Slayer Online: “Buffy in the remake will also be a member of the high-school chorus. I’m looking forward to having her sing and dance in a way that will foreshadow the famous musical episode.”
In a one-sentence statement released through a spokesperson, Joss Whedon, the initial creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” said, “This is a crazier plan than to attack the mayor with hummus.”
Representatives for Sarah Michelle Gellar and the other major cast members of the television series did not return requests for comment before press time.
Samuel Scott is the founder and publisher of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Online. You can follow him on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter as well as on his personal website.
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16 replies on “EXCLUSIVE: “Buffy” Remake Back On, Heather Morris to Star”
(Buys hard metal desk… sits behind it… bonks head on it at least 7 times… )
Couldn’t we at LEAST have a tie in with the TV series, in a dimensional
way…? It would be AWESOME to see little snatches of “season 8 or 9”
Buffy roster trying to remain hidden, but influencing a few key moments,
because Willow’s coven detected an anomaly, but don’t know what it is,
but know it’s tied to -that- alternate dimension somehow…. and, what’s
better.. “Willow can meet herself with no danger, because the names and
roles are the same, but biologically they don’t look like
themselves”… and yes, have thought about the permutations of that for a
Todd, I think you’ll feel better if you click on one of the links in the article (except the first one)!
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO base it on the first season and don’t twilight it up and get Jennifer Lawrence as buffy
“…we are sure it will satisfy
‘Buffy’ fans just as the ‘Star Wars’ prequels were well-received by fans
of that franchise.”
DEAR GOD NO
I’m going to cry , this will actually ruin buffyverse
For a minute there, I thought this was serious.
im praying this doesnt happen this sounds awful 🙁
NO NO NO!!!! MORONS PLEASE DON’T DO THIS!! THE ONLY WAY BUFFY CAN BE CARRIED ON WITH ANY GRACE IS WITH JOSS WHEDON, SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR AND JAMES MARSTERS !!!! PLEASE DON’T GO AND SCREW THIS UP! ALL 3 OF THEM HAVE ALREADY SAID THEY ARE OPEN TO A BUFFY REMAKE OR SPINOFF !! IF YOU CAN’T HAVE THOSE 3 THEN PLEASE DON’T DO ANYTHING!!! ONLY SARAH CAN TRULY PORTRAY BUFFY, AND BUFFY WITH NO SPIKE (JAMES MARSTERS) IS LIKE CEREAL WITH NO MILK, IT JUST PLAIN SUCKS !!! THERE ARE WAY MORE ORIGINAL BUFFY FOLLOWERS (NOT TEENAGE LITTLE GIRLS) THAT WOULD WANT TO SEE THIS, WE DON’T WANT SOME LAME ASS GLEE VERSION, WE WANT ORIGINALS!!! GET AS MANY ORIGINALS AS POSSIBLE AND YOU’LL MAKE BILLIONS INSTEAD OF A FEW MILLIONS !!! THINK PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF HUMANITY GET THE ORIGINAL CREW BACK TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!
I agree Jay, yes, I know who you are. Really sad you let my family and I down as friends and broke my heart. Ruined my 2014 Thanksgiving and made it so I can’t have fun in Florida or go out to eat. I agree with you and the Spike and Buffy thing and Joss. I think Joss is trying to do a generation 2 with “Buffy”. Like Ariel and “The Little Mermaid”. I just don’t think it will ever be outdone by the TV show and movie with Kathy Swanson. I told you the truth Jay, you broke my heart. I told Joss the truth too about the demon fighting for you. I have never been this sad and hungry at Thanksgiving and I won’t do the contracts, Sandra and you, and people at Wal-Mart who hate me forced me into. Thanks for destroying my hopes, dreams, and happiness. Thanks for proving all singers and musicians and the companies they work for and sponsor them are horrible to everyday customers even for 50 years!
LOL Oh my damn I was scared this could be true until the prequel reference.
uuugh this sounds horrific…I wanna see a buffyverse spinoff not a lame remake…stop please
Kill it with fire.
Sounds TERRIBLE. Heather Morris looks nothing like Sarah and could NEVER portray a younger version of Buffy. This is a slap in the face to all die hard Buffy fans. You can’t make a Buffy movie without Joss Whedon. He is the person who developed the personalities of all these characters and that’s why Buffy was amazing. There should be a petition against this!
This is a travesty and one that will, no doubt, ruin all of our nostalgic memories of the buffy-verse. I cannot in any way, shape or form see Heather as Buffy. That’s like, that’s like trying to replace Xena’s Lucy Lawless with Megan Foxx! It doesn’t work that way! Sarah is THE absolute essence of Buffy and to (in my opinion) dumb her role down is absolutely outrageous! You can’t give Buffy a prequel because we already know who she was and we already know that girl ran and hid from her responsibility because she wasn’t ready for it! The whole point of her coming to Sunnydale was to (literally) confront her demons and grow into who she became.
I read through almost the ENTIRE thing before I realised the published date… I was hoping for it sorta.. But hopefully it will be done with more respect than this when they pick it up 😛 But I actually think Heather Morris could do it 😀
at first i thought this was real lmaoo