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Whedon Plans Return to Buffyverse

28 Jul, 2007 By: John Latchem

Joss Whedon

SAN DIEGO — “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon is planning a return to his TV franchise with Ripper, a 90-minute movie for the BBC.

Whedon announced at San Diego Comic-Con International that he is in talks with the BBC to finally bring the oft-delayed project to the small screen within the next year. Ripper would feature Anthony Stewart Head reprising his role as Rupert Giles, Buffy's watcher and mentor from the original series, and deal with the character's adventures in England. The title alludes to Giles' youthful nickname from a time he was more reckless in his dealings with magic and the supernatural.

“There are so many creepy things in the back of my head and I have to get them out,” Whedon said.

Because the program is a collaboration with the BBC, the most prominent means of U.S. distribution is likely the home video market.

Whedon also is busy preparing a 12-issue comic book follow-up to the “Buffy” spinoff “Angel,” called Angel: After the Fall, which would flesh out storylines conceived for the show's abortive first season.

He also expressed excitement for the comic book “Buffy” continuation with which he remains actively involved.

“I do know when season eight ends,” Whedon said. “But I also know what happens in season nine.”

Whedon also is busy preparing a short ballet film to star “Firefly” actress Summer Glau, as well as a feature film called Goners. Also, he and former “Buffy” writer Drew Goddard have written a horror movie called Cabin in the Woods, which Whedon described as “the horror film to end all horror films, literally.”

As for a continuation of his “Firefly” franchise, Whedon encouraged Comic-Con attendees to buy the Aug. 21 collector's edition of Serenity.

“They keep putting these DVDs out because you keep buying them,” he told the crowd.

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