Buffy the Vampire SlayerLatest News and Opinion
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 4:08PM EDT
Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book finds a new publishing home
The Buffy comic book is moving from Dark Horse Comics to BOOM! STUDIOS! in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products. Fox pulled Dark Horse's license last month after 20 years.
Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 10:35PM EDT
Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer executive producer Marti Noxon initially hated the idea of a reboot
“I’ll be honest, initially I was like, ‘Nooo! Don’t touch the sacred text!'” Noxon tells The Wrap. “But the more I learned about it, the more excited I got.” Noxon says of the Buffy reboot showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen: “I’m excited that there is a female showrunner and that she’s a woman of color writing about a woman of color. So I’m actually really pumped for it.”
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 7:08PM EDT
Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book to end its run on Dark Horse Comics
Joss Whedon said in an interview that Fox is taking back the licenses to Buffy and Firefly, but he's planning to do a Dr. Horrible comic for Dark Horse.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Fox executive says Buffy reboot is a "great take on the show"
Source: E! Online
Fox co-chairman Gary Newman emphasized at the TV press tour that the potential Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is still in the early stages and that a script hasn't been written. "We're thrilled that Joss (Whedon) has engaged," Newman said. "Monica (Owusu-)Breen, who Joss worked with on one of his other series, is the person who would be day-to-day on the show, she's got a great take on the show, which if I told you I'd have to slit your throat, probably. It's not on an incredibly fast track, but we're hopeful that this one will come to pass."
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
Emma Caulfield is conflicted about the potential Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot
The actress, famous for playing Anya on Buffy, is trying to take a wait-and-see approach to Monica Owusu-Breen's potential reboot. Still, she writes in a Bustle essay that "perhaps quite selfishly, I want Buffy to remain like a fly encased in amber. I donʼt need Buffy Park to open on a private island, so the world can see cloned Buffys come to life." She adds: "Buffy is part of my past — my very 'hands-on, I actually helped to make it' past. I view that show as a sort of perfect circle: itʼs not perfect, perfect, as perfect circles are nearly impossible for humans to make without assistance, but I think Buffy got as close as a series could get. And look, I could understand remaking, re-imagining, re-tooling, or re-f**king with a show whose concept was awesome but which fell apart in its execution; take Battlestar Galactica for example, a show from the '80s that became way better when it was remade in the early 2000s. But Buffy is no OG-BSG, and as such, a reboot just isn't necessary." ALSO: James Marsters would like to reprise his Spike role on the Buffy reboot.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Buffy reboot showrunner addresses the backlash: "It could be time to meet a new Slayer"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Monica Owusu-Breen, who has been tapped to create the new Buffy with a black female lead, posted the following statement on Twitter this morning addressing the backlash to the reboot news: "For some genre writers it's Star Wars. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my Star Wars ... Before I became a writer, I was a fan. For seven seasons, I watched Buffy Summers grow up, find love, kill that love. I watched her fight, and struggle and slay ... There is only one Buffy. One Xander, one Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Oz, Tara, Kendra, Faith, Spike, Angel … They can't be replaced. Joss Whedon's brilliant and beautiful series can't be replicated. I wouldn't try to ... But here we are, 20 years later … and the world seems a lot scarier. So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer … And that's all I can say."
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 11:01PM EDT
How the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot can succeed: Keep the title, but don't make it about "Buffy"
Source: The Ringer
The biggest obstacle facing the Buffy reboot, featuring a black female lead, is Sarah Michelle Gellar's close connection with the iconic role. "Given how intrinsically linked Gellar is to the character—with a multilayered performance tackling adolescence, depression, and sexual desire—it’d be a small miracle for any actress to capably fill her shoes," says Miles Surrey. "Luckily, the producers can just avoid that problem. The Slayer mythology runs very deep, as Buffy Summers is just one person who assumed the mantle of Slayer—a woman chosen by fate to repel and eliminate vampires, demons, and the like from wiping out humanity—that spans millennia. A Buffy reboot could simply use the Buffy name to lure viewers, but tackle an entirely different Slayer. The original series even briefly featured a different Slayer, Kendra Young, who was black....This non-Buffy, new-Slayer direction would also fall in line with the reboot’s mandate to make the next Buffy more inclusive while also creating a new story for a character of color, rather than retelling an existing story with a new lead actress."
- The problem with a black Buffy is that "all the flaws will be its own and anything good will be attributed to (Joss) Whedon’s influence"
- Buffy's story was neatly wrapped up on screen, so why give the name to another vampire slayer?
- There's value in a new Buffy, but the natural recoiling of fans after a reboot announcement is getting tiresome
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 1:37AM EDT
Buffy fans are divided over reboot announcement
Source: TV Guide
Some Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans were thrilled by the news that Joss Whedon is teaming with Monica Owusu-Breen to create a black female reboot of the iconic teen series. Others said that it's not possible to successfully succeed Sarah Michelle Gellar. As Angelica Jade says, Buffy holds up because of Gellar. "I’m not interested in seeing a black slayer take on the role of Buffy or even seeing gender and race bent reboots. It’s boring and insulting. We deserve our own mythology," says Jade, who is black, adding: "I would totally be down with a show about a Slayer in the past or a new show in the same universe after the events of the series. This is lazy and reductive."
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 7:53PM EDT
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is being rebooted with a black female lead
Joss Whedon will be on board as executive producer, but Midnight, Texas creator Monica Owusu-Breen will serve as the writer, executive producer and showrunner of the new Buffy, which will build on the mythology of the Sarah Michelle Gellar-led original series. It will be pitched to cable and streaming services this summer. "Like our world, it will be richly diverse, and like the original, some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for issues facing us all today," according to producers." According to Deadline, "the diversity in the show’s description reflects the producers’ intention for the new slayer to be African American." Owusu-Breen and Whedon previously worked together on Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "talks for a new Buffy began last fall. A decision to move forward was determined after Breen was identified as the right writer for the reboot. A script or director has not yet been determined. Casting for the central role of Buffy has also not yet been determined."
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Is Joss Whedon's new HBO series The Nevers a bad idea?
Source: The Mary Sue
"It’s hard to describe the emotions Whedon evokes in geek culture," Kate Gardner says of HBO announcing Whedon's sci-fi series on Victorian women with superpowers. "On the one hand, he created Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and directed The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. On the other … Well, the less said about him the better. There’s an argument to be made about how terrible, allegedly abusive men continuously get second chances, and Whedon is the perfect example of that. But also, he’s not even that good of a writer any longer. He relies on the same storytelling devices over and over and his concept of 'feminism' is incredibly dated compared to how far we’ve come in terms of representation. Buffy was groundbreaking for the quick wit, the female and LGBT representation, and how shocking it could be with characters getting killed off left and right. But the problem is that these are the only tropes Whedon knows how to use."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Comic-Con to feature a Buffy the Vampire Slayer scavenger hunt
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Participants will get to act like slayers who must locate various vampire nests around the San Diego Comic-Con area. 20th Century Fox is producing the scavenger hunt.
Posted Friday 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Marti Noxon: Parts of Buffy the Vampire Slayer "hold up really well, and other parts are a little rickety!"
"There were parts of season six where I feel we went too far," says Noxon, the former Buffy writer-producer who's now overseeing Dietland and Sharp Objects. "We pushed into some categories that almost felt sadistic and that Buffy was volunteering for things that were beyond just 'bad choices' and were almost irresponsible for the character." Noxon also expressed regret for killing Amber Benson's Tara. "I think that killing Tara was – in retrospect, of all the people, did she have to die?”
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:51AM EDT
Steven Spielberg recalls directing Steven Bochco's Columbo series premiere script in 1971
The Sept. 15, 1971 Columbo episode "Murder By the Book" kicked off the Peter Falk series after two previous Columbo TV movies. Spielberg and Bochco, the respective future titans of the movies and television, were still in their 20s when they collaborated on the first episode of a series that would have a 10-season run on NBC and ABC. "Steve was a friend and a colleague starting with the first episode of Columbo in 1971 that he wrote and I directed," said Spielberg in a statement, reacting to Bochco's death. "We have supported and inspired each other ever since and through many deep mutual friendships we have stayed connected for 47 years. I will miss Steve terribly.”
- Joss Whedon calls Hill Street Blues "one of the biggest influences on Buffy (and me)"
- Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady says "NYPD Blue ushered in what was to be a modern golden age of television drama"
- Blair Underwood: "Steven hired me on LA LAW and changed the trajectory of my life and career"
- Debra Messing: "He was a pioneer, a gentleman, and gave me my first job in prime time tv"
- Corbin Bernsen: "I will be forever grateful to Steven Bochco for the key to the lock that opened the door to a career"
- Neil Patrick Harris: "His work ethic shaped mine, his words of wisdom stick with me to this day. I’m so proud of Doogie Howser, mostly for being a Bochco show"
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:44AM EDT
Ryan Murphy jokingly announces American Crime Story: Who Bit Beyonce?
"It's happening," Murphy posted on Instagram in response to Tiffany Haddish's revelation that an unnamed actress bit Beyonce at a party. "Who should play Beyonce?" ALSO: Sarah Michelle Gellar says Buffy is the mysterious biter.
# TOPICS: Ryan Murphy, FX, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Beyonce, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tiffany Haddish
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Buffy's Joss Whedon and Degrassi creators talk about how they'd portray gun violence in schools following Parkland
Whedon, who's attending March for Our Lives on Saturday, recalls Buffy the Vampire Slayer being pulled in wake of the Columbine shooting. If he was doing a school shooting story today, he says he'd emphasize respect for the gravity of the situation. “If you're in the head of a person who's trapped in a classroom, if you don't let genre tropes outweigh the physical and mental experience of the people you're filming, then you have a shot at saying something useful," he says. Adds DeGrassi co-creator Linda Schuyler, who has depicted school shootings, most famously with Drake: “We do not want to glorify things, and we don't want to sensationalize them."