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Joss Whedon Might Still Try to Squeeze That Giles Spinoff Series Into His Schedule

Joss Whedon, in the midst of publicity for both The Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers and everything else in between, has said that a planned spinoff of Buffy the Vampire Slayer about Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) is not entirely out of the question. Though there is a chance that it’ll be a character played by Head who isn’t Giles, and maybe it’ll be on the BBC. But Whedon’s on it. Trust him.

According to Blastr, Whedon has been talking about this spinoff since 2001. It even has a title: Ripper, after what is said to be Giles’ nickname from his days as a young occultist. It would also take place in England and center on Giles getting into supernatural mischief, independent of his young vampire-slaying friends in America. And while the project has morphed into every form of entertainment imaginable short of an iPad app — DVD release, TV series, mini-series, etc. — Whedon has never seemed to be able to let it go.

And he was asked about it just recently by the AV Club:

“[T]he thing about Ripper — the essence of it — is that the BBC came to me at one point like, ‘It doesn’t have to be Ripper. It can just be [Anthony Stewart Head], and there’s magic, and he’s Tony, cuz he’s awesome.’ And that’s the thing: For some reason, he keeps getting sexier every year. That’s not happening to me! I’m like, ‘What are you doing?’ And that story was always about a mature guy who’s lived, and about the choices he’s made. So you could make that now, or you could make it 10 years from now. And I’ve tortured Tony more than any other living human with, ‘We’re definitely gonna do this!’ Because I thought we were. …”

Um, clearly this is red meat for die-hard Whedon fans. Maybe even on the level of a Firefly reunion, because obviously, there would be a reunion with Sarah Michelle Gellar on such a show. And he still seems intent on making this happen, somehow. We’re guessing with magic? Let’s remember that Cabin in the Woods was made and still ended up sitting on the shelf for about three years, only to be one of the most highly-anticipated horror releases of the year. (And then completely living up to the hype.) Whedon makes things happen in some shape or form … but maybe we won’t hold our breath for this. We’ll just wait and see.

(via Blastr)

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  • Mark Middleton

    Enough with Buffy, already! Bring back something Firefly, for the love of god! He’s brought Buffy back for two new seasons in comic form and they suck.

  • Angel S.

    Tony Tony Tony!   Pretty please with sugar on top!  (or fake blood)

  • Anonymous

     He did bring back Firefly for two small comics projects, Serenity: Float Out and Serenity: The Shepard’s Tale, both of which were pretty good, in my opinion. Can’t we just be happy at the prospect of more Whedon?

  • Hannele Kormano

    Well, yeah, he couldn’t do Giles anymore without risking conflicts with Buffy Season 8 canon. *pushes up glasses*

  • Mark Gardner

    I was just about to ask about how that would work with canon. UNless the comics aren’t canon, but Joss said they were. So…. yeah

  • Åsa M Larsson

    I’d LOVE to see a series set as partly or wholly a prequel, with Giles adventures as a young occultist in England in the 70′s. Think of the mood it would set, the golden era of occult movies!
    PLEASE make this happen!

    And if we ca add a cameo of a young John Constantine and his punk band Muceous Membrane that would melt my brain…

  • Anonymous

    Buffy >> Firefly, though

  • Ariele Schaecher

    …If it happens BEFORE the comics took place, before the actual show even, as was originally planned,  then there shouldn’t be any issues with cannon.

  • Mark Gardner

    True. Devil’s advocate:  Could he pull off a prequel to a show that started in 1997? It’s been 15 years. 
    I think he still looks great (Merlin). Just curious if there’s another option. 

  • Wulfy

    I always feel that prequel element takes the edge off a story though. Before it even started we would know that Giles, the Watcher’s Council or indeed the world would never be in any serious peril, because then that would mess up future events.

    I’d prefer it if they just carried on where Buffy left off, and said the comics were an alternative timeline, as they were very disappointing (when you have a comic entitled ‘The One Where They Fuck’, something’s gone awry).

    Plus that way they could get someone like James Marsters in it! He seems to like showing up on British telly…

    Actually no, now I’m imagining a show starring Head, Marsters and Dushku and I’m going to have to lie down and remind myself that this probably won’t happen.

  • Mark Gardner

    I agree that prequels are always a little disappointing. Damon Lindelof was on the Nerdist recently saying about the same thing

  • Carmen Sandiego

     I’m going to have to disagree with you there.  And I say that as a huge Buffy fan, but I’m a Browncoat first. :D

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, but as good as Firefly was, Buffy will always be the pinnacle of Whedon’s career. Its legacy has been sensational; they even teach academic courses around it.

  • Rick Whatley

    DO IT NOW!

  • Anonymous

    You might want to check out Angel & Faith.