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Warner Bros. Preps ' Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Reboot, Whit Anderson Hired To Write Film

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 22, 2010 at 7:50AM

Get ready Buffy fans, because your favorite vampire slayer is headed back to the big screen.
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Get ready Buffy fans, because your favorite vampire slayer is headed back to the big screen.

Warner Bros. have announced that "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" will be returning to kick some ass in a franchise reboot. While die hard fans might be bummed to learn that Joss Whedon will not be involved, the studio has pinned their hopes on scribe Whit Anderson (pictured to the right) and believe her take on the character will be successful.

Speaking with the LA Times, Charles Roven (who is producing the new film via his Atlas Entertainment shingle) said, “Generally, I wouldn’t have said ‘Let’s revive this,’ but Whit’s take is pretty compelling and a lot of fun, and it’s interesting to see all of this re-imagined. This is a completely new reboot. Tone is extremely important and you want the audience to realize what is at stake and the peril is real, but at the same time what’s going on should be fun and inviting and keep everyone engaged. It needs to be relevant to today, too, and that is what Whit has found a way to do.” He adds, “There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return…. While this is not your high-school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough and sexy as we all remember her to be.”

Obviously, these are early days and there is no word yet on plot details, a director or casting (though how do you top the bonkers casting of the 1992 film that had, among others, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens and Rutger Hauer). But Anderson, who was a fan of the television series, has a deep respect for the character saying, "“The thing that was so wonderful about ‘Buffy’ is what made it special was so timeless. The deep struggle she had with duty and destiny, that tug between what you’re supposed to be doing and what you want to be doing. The fate of the world is on her shoulders but some days she wakes up and she just doesn’t want to do it. And are we doomed and destined to love someone? That conflict was very interesting to me. Those are the things I loved about her and her world. She also represents — like all the heroes — something empowering for us. She’s reminds us of what we could be if we were in our top form, the best of us if we were at our very best, and even then we still see the vulnerability and doubts she has inside. That’s where we all connect.”

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