Sadly this is not the news that Sarah Michelle Gellar will be returning to kick vampire butt. But it IS the news that Joss Whedon is still considering a Buffy The Vampire Slayer spin-off which will star Anthony Head.
Rumours about Ripper have been knocking about for a while now but Whedon has had bigger fish to fry of late and he hasn’t spoken of the project for some time. Whedon’s latest Hollywood meta-horror Cabin in The Woods is going down well at the box office and The Avengers, due for release on Friday, is set to be a bleeding titan. Now it seems he is no re-considering his spin-off options.
But when Whedon gets chatting about it, it turns out that this âBuffy spin-offâ? could actually have nothing to do with Buffyâ¦.or any of the characters in Buffyâ¦and it might not even star Anthony Headâ¦
âThe thing aboutÂ RipperÂ â the essence of itâ?, explains Whedon to The AV Club, âis that the BBC came to me at one point like, âIt doesnât have to beÂ Ripper. It can just be [Anthony Stewart Head], and thereâs magic, and heâs Tony, cuz heâs awesome.ââ?
His charm offence towards the 58-year-old Brit continued: âAnd thatâs the thing: For some reason, he keeps getting sexier every year. Thatâs not happening to me! Iâm like, âWhat are you doing?â And that story was always about a mature guy whoâs lived, and about the choices heâs made. So you could make that now, or you could make it 10 years from now.â?
âIâve tortured Tony more than any other living human with, âWeâre definitely gonna do this!â Because I thought we were. Heâs working so much, though, Iâd feel too guilty. But thatâs the thing with Ripper: It doesnât go away in my head because heâs still right for it, and he could still bring it.â?
When and where the series will be taking shape is up for debate, and wit Whedon currently conquering the movie-sphere, a TV show is probably not top of his priority list.
But Buffy buffs, at least heâs considering it.