It's been twenty years since Joss Whedon's hit TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer came to life on our TV screens. During those past two decades, the show has risen to claim the enviable status as a cult classic among fans of the genre. Although the show went off the air after a magnificent seven seasons, old and new dedicated fans of the series often find themselves pondering the question "What if they do bring the show back?" Not to depress any hopeful readers, but it's never going to happen.
Is it because I personally don't want to see the show revived? Hell, no. I'd love to see one of my all time favorite shows rise from the grave X-Files style. It's several solid facts that would assuredly doom this project before it could ever begin. Let's review them:
The Fans Will Never Allow It (Without Joss Whedon)
Warner Bros. attempted in vain to relaunch the Buffy brand with a new movie back in 2010. Without enough thought they stated the new film would not feature the inclusion of Joss Whedon. Fans took to Facebook, Twitter, and various other sites to declare their outrage over the decision. They knew that without Whedon, there would be no other reprisals from the acclaimed series. Sarah Michelle Gellar, upon hearing about the potential reboot stated,
"I think it's a horrible idea. To try to do a 'Buffy' without Joss Whedon...To be incredibly non-eloquent: that's the dumbest idea I've ever heard."
It wasn't until over a year later that Warner Bros. announced they had rejected the script and were seeking out a new writer. Since then, there have been no developments and the project remains as dead as any non-Whedon Buffy project should be.
Joss Whedon Has Some Serious Beef
Among the many rumors surrounding the Buffy set, one that has circled the darker parts of the internet intimates that Joss Whedon really can't stand Sarah Michelle Gellar or David Boreanaz. It's understandable that for Gellar it was hard to be young and one of the most famous and sought after faces in Hollywood. It must have been especially difficult when contractually obligated to stick to a series that most often shot at night for seven seasons.
Tensions grew on the set between the creator and his slayer, oftentimes when she was forced to pass on movie roles to be available for Buffy's rigorous shooting schedule. Though Gellar currently reflects on the show as fondly as the fans do, it's highly unlikely she would have spoken about it too lovingly during its seven year duration. There are even rumors that Gellar walked away from the show without a word, leaving her co-stars to learn the series was ending from the news. She may not have even been invited to the cast and crew party celebrating the series finale.
The Show Already Continues On...In Comic Book Form
Buffy The Vampire Slayer relaunched with the blessing and aid of Joss Whedon back in 2007 with the help of Dark Horse Comics. The comic series serves as the only official canonical continuation of the television show. The fans love it, Whedon loves it, and it makes a helluva lot of money for the publisher. What else is there to say? Well any reboot would be met with severe scrutiny by those who consider the comics' storylines as canon. Could we expect movie studios to be as attentive in following storylines many consider to be definitive?
Sarah Michelle Gellar Is Buffy Summers
She may not be the actress who originated the role, but Sarah Michelle Gellar made the character of Buffy who and what she is today. It's still Gellar's image used in the comic series and it's still Gellar everyone thinks of when they hear a reference to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. In the role, Gellar earned her spot in the hearts of fans for all eternity. She made the role iconic and any actress who dares step into the role is setting themselves up for either a flop on their resume or merciless fan hate — think Halle Berry or Anne Hathaway filling Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman shoes.
A Legacy That Will Last 20 Years From Now
Here it is, the main brick in the wall: the show isn't going anywhere. As a veritable cult classic, there will always be a revolving door of Buffy enthusiasts. Those who will discover the supernatural kickass characters we love years after they made their small screen debut. It has become such a mainstay in pop culture that it's nearly impossible to watch anything nowadays that doesn't have one reference or another to Buffy and the rest of her Scooby-like gang. Buffy has achieved a permanent kind of notoriety and it's not something that could be easily replicated successfully.
If we've learned anything from the recent slew of remakes in TV and Film, it's that without the involvement of the original key players, what we end up seeing is often a massive embarrassment. Not only to those behind the scenes but to the network and the unfortunate actors and actresses who've lent their often misplaced talent in the promise of something better than what's eventually presented. The lesson learned is with a fandom this strong a revival is not only unnecessary but far too tricky to risk the animosity of the masses.
Do you agree? Will Buffy ever see the light of day again or should it stay off screens except in re-runs? Sound off in the comments below!