Those who did attend the panel found out that Joss Whedon, the increasingly iconic and simultaneously reclusive creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly has plans for a new Buffy spin-off. And not in comic books this time, but on television!
It's called Ripper and it's been rumored and discussed and speculated about for years. This time Whedon has said that things are getting closer. He's "talking to Anthony Stewart Head" to reprise his role as Rupert Giles, Buffy's "Watcher." It will be a BBC production and run 90 minutes. No word yet on whether we're looking at a pilot, a one-off, or what could happen. But Whedon says it looks possible for "next year." This is as close as we've come in a long time to any new Buffy hitting the air.
Of course, Whedon's been making Buffy spin-off claims for years without anything coming of them. Still, it's nice to see he hasn't forgotten about it. And with the Wonder Woman movie off the table, his schedule just might be open enough.
(edited by It's False on 28.7.07 1925)
The Wisdom of Homsar: AaAaAaAaAaAaA! Caramel corn for president, please!
Buffy's been dead and buried for a few years now*. I've accepted it and moved on. Talk about Buffy spin-offs should go in the Weekly World News right under the story about Elvis found alive in some diner.
(*Yes I know there are the comics and yes I need to get around to catching up on them but I've been cheap lately and ignoring them.)
You believe me, don't you? Please believe what I just said...
If you are talking about having seen an early episode from the beginning of the show, yes, it completely changes after the first few episodes from Generic Failed Friends Clone #A43598 to a charming jokefest of hyper riffs and great line readings.