Buffy Reboot Idea

June 1, 2009

buffy_logoIf you’re a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, either the series or the original movie, than you might have heard that there are talks of a Reboot movie.

Whether you’re outraged at the thought of a Reboot or of Whedon not being involved you must admit that the story has a lot of interesting angles.

If I were to write the new Buffy movie here’s what I’d do: 

Buffy Summers: Molly C. Quinn from Castle. She’s a little young but has the acting chops to pull it off.  
Joyce Summers: Amy Adams as the Ju-jitsu instructor/ Anthropologist mother. She normally doesn’t play action roles but would be great with Quinn and could definitely train for it.  
Watcher: Gerard Butler as a non-action geeky “Supernatural” nerd type of watcher.
Villain: Gary Oldman as a brutal and intelligent vampire.
Comic Relief: Andy Serkis and Paul Bettany as overeducated fast talking vampires. 

There would have to be several storylines running through the movie that hasn’t been done before in Buffy history. Within each of the storylines there would be several mini stories.
Main 1: Buffy discovers her powers and as a preppy cheerleader is unprepared for them and is thrust into a dangerous situation. I’d avoid a lot of the high school stuff after she discovers her powers and concentrate on her strained relationship with her mom as she teaches Buffy how to fight.  
Main 2: Villain is trying to kill the slayer. He became a vampire to save his daughter from some disease having to turn her into one too but it didn’t help. He’s been trying to find a cure for her disease. Finds some old book that says the still beating heart of a Slayer cures anything in vampires.
Love: In a twist the love story wouldn’t involve Buffy but her mom and the watcher. Reverse damsel in distress scenario.
Comic: Having most of their clan wiped out by the Villain, our comic reliefs decide to try and help him by catching Buffy but continuously fail. I want to make clear these “clowns” are going to be more of a cheesy/witty comedy that will lend itself to a darker story.

I think it would be very important to set the scene with a dark and dirty backdrop in a large city alley where a “traditional” slayer is kicking vampire ass hand to hand. Her watcher looms in the back and as he watches her a shadow comes behind him and slits his neck.

She wins the fight and slays her last foe when she gets shot in the head by a vamp sniper on the roof. The bullet goes through her head and into a propane or natural gas tank. The shadow screams in anger and literally runs up the building towards the sniper and kills the vampire and howls into the night.

Then we go to a cheer practice where Buffy is basically teaching the choreography and doing some things that surprise even her. This is interspersed with scenes of her mom teaching an advanced weapons Jujitsu. Early in the sequence you see a man hiding in the shadows watching Buffy and at the end you see the same man walk up the Joyce and try to stutteringly tell her about Buffy. She of course ignores it and promptly forgets.

Then we’d go to the mother picking up Buffy and them arguing. Something should slip about the Dad being dead (3-4 years.) I really want you to get the feeling that they are all each other have.

Etc etc.

Well that’s my basic idea. What do you think?

Thoughts Nov 10, 2008

November 10, 2008

There are few things that make Mondays seem exciting, The Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack is certainly one of them.

Dollhouse, the new Joss Whedon show, and Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles are going to be back to back on Fridays in Winter. The only show that’s managed to thrive in that timeslot on Fox was X-Files. This is the timeslot that killed Firefly. Sigh.