News of a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie has gotten fans of the show excited, but as more new arrives it becomes a odd experience. This new Buffy will have no Joss Whedon and most of the characters you remember from the TV series would not appear.
That may not be a bad thing as this article
from Io9 discusses, but that dosn't mean that it's not still an odd idea? It seems difficult to imagine that the Joss Whedon wouldn't be willing to at least be willing to give ideas for a movie that is going to use his creation.
So here is the question that struck me. A Hollywood Studio bought the rights to Buffy, made a movie in 99, then a 7 year TV show was made and now they want to use those rights to make another movie and that is just fine, yet if I buy the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie on DVD and rip it so that I can watch it on my computer that is just fine. Perhaps it's just me but I think that they should have to pay separately for each media they want to use the character in.
It also makes me ask why not do a Buffy movie or mini-series with the TV show cast. From what I know(with admittedly no research) is that most of the characters would be free. Alyson Hannigan is doing "Ho
w I met your Mother," but a movie should be able to write around one or two characters schedules.
Not that I feel any great need for the show to reappear just that it feels like that would have a better chance to make money.
On a similar subject, there are rumors flying about that the renewal of Dollhouse may have been in part because of Firefly's DVD sales. The rumors say that Fox knows they canceled the show too early and don't want to make the same mistake twice.
This has led to sepeculation that there could be a possibility of a made for TV movie or even a miniseries of more Firefly. the discussion for that is here