[OT] New Buffy movie
avleen at gmail.com
Wed May 27 22:13:58 BST 2009
I have to say, that is simply awesome.
I can't wait.
On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 8:17 PM, breno <breno at rio.pm.org> wrote:
> A new incarnation of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" could be coming to the
> big screen.
> "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon isn't involved and it's not set up at a
> studio, but Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment are
> working with original movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband,
> Kaz Kuzui, on what is being labeled a remake or relaunch, but not a
> sequel or prequel.
> While Whedon is the person most associated with "Buffy," 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,
> The new "Buffy" film, however, would have no connection to the TV
> series, nor would it use popular supporting characters like Angel,
> Willow, Xander or Spike. 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.
> The parties are meeting with writers and hearing takes, and later will
> look for a home for the project. The producers do not rule out
> Whedon's involvement but have not yet reached out to him.Speaking from
> Tokyo, Fran Kuzui said the company is constantly approached not only
> about sequels but theater, video games and foreign remakes for
> "Buffy." When Vertigo's Lee contacted them, they were intrigued.
> "It was Roy's interest in taking Buffy into a new place that grabbed
> us," she said, noting that original exec producer Sandy Gallin also
> was consulted. "It was based on our respect for what he does, and his
> particular sensitivity to Asian filmmakers, that we wanted to work
> with him."
> Kuzui, who is prepping do direct a movie in Japan in the fall, added:
> "Everything has its moment. Every movie takes on a life at some point,
> and this seems like the moment to do this."
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