On January 22, Buffy Anne Summers will be 30. In celebration of that milestone, Warner Bros. has purchased the rights to the character and is planning a feature film. he script will be written by Whit Anderson, who was a big Buffy fan when the series was on, and who convinced Charles Roven and Steve Alexander to produce the film. Joss Whedon is not involved.
Someone at Warner Brothers likes female superheroes. They are doing a Wonder Woman TV series next year as well.
Whedon reacted with resignation and humour to the announcement. He joked: “This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their
youths – just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.” (referring to the Avengers movie he is writing and plans to direct).
I’m going to wait awhile before judging this project. I really want to see a Buffy film if it’s done right, and I have no reason to think that this Whit Anderson person cannot turn out a good script for this. (I can find out almost nothing about her except that she was a big fan of Buffy when it was on television.)
I will say that Sarah Michelle Gellar should not play Buffy again. That would be a step backwards for her. She would be better off with a cameo in the film. But there is a little problem with that. She can’t really come back as a character the same age as Buffy. In that case she might as well play Buffy. There were two adult female characters in BTVS that come to mind and they both died; that is, Buffy’s mother and Jenny Calendar. Gellar would probably need to have a cameo as a vampire.