Those of you hardcore Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans will know that the character was not born on television as Sarah Michelle Gellar, but instead was a 1992 movie starring Kristy Swanson as a Clueless-type high school gal who learns how to slay vampires from Donald Sutherland, while wooing Luke Perry and running from the lead villain, as played by Pee-Wee Herman, er, Paul Reubens. Unfortunately I'm not kidding; the film also starred a young Hilary Swank, Ben Affleck and David Arquette. (Don't tell anyone, but I totally consider this flick to be a fantastic guilty pleasure.)
The film itself, though, was written by Joss Whedon, who would later revive it as a pretty kickass television series that slowly built its own massive fanbase and spin-off show (Angel). Now, 17 years after the original film was released, The Hollywood Reporter tells us Kuzui Enterprises (the folks who hold the rights to the franchise) have decided to remake Buffy the Vampire Slayer without Whedon’s involvement.
Additionally, the new film will have nothing to do with the television series and won't use existing characters or storylines. Instead, producers want to create an "event-sized" reboot like this summer's Star Trek that doesn't screw up the existing mythology (or piss off fans) and has franchise potential. Yeah, good luck with all of that.
Personally, I'm not so sure Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an "event-sized" type of property, but vampires are, of course, the hot new thing – so maybe it will work? What do you Buffy fans think?