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January 22 2008

SMG on Buffy as a movie. Saying the original movie didn't work because "the story was better told over a long arc", SMG goes on to say: "You show me a script; you show me that it works, and you show me that [the] audience can accept that, [and] I'd probably be there."

Pretty sure I've read all these quotes in past interviews - the Bali taxi driver definitely rings a bell . . .
I think we're slowly chipping away at her finally making the movie. It seemed a few years ago it was basically "hell no," but The Return, Grudge 2, and Southland Tales have been little blessings for us Buffy fans awaiting a movie. Another slew of awful films and she'll be ready to sign on for a Buffy movie franchise.

Then again, with my luck, she'll be gung ho for a movie and Joss will have already committed himself to too many projects. It's like my mother and father got divorced and I'm feebly trying to get them back together. Sigh.
Funny thing is, CowboyCliche, I come to the opposite conclusion with your analogy. I love my mum and I love my dad, and I'm awfully glad they got divorced years and years ago. I wish both Joss and SMG beaucoup du succes in their current and future projects - and may failure never be a motive to drive either one to do a thing s/he doesn't feel passionate about doing.
Oh cmon Now! we just want the comic put into a movie!! lol Me personally would love something to do with Spike, Faith and Willow!! Cmon Joss please...Just kidding, I know your a super busy guy..
Hmm. She could show up in Ripper...

Not as a huge role, I guess, since it's supposed to be Giles's story. But that appears to be the closest possible Buffyverse motion picture coming up.
She is asked this all the time, and her answer remains the same as ever.
So basically, she doesn't trust Joss enough with his own character and will make him put all that work into writing a script before she would even probably agree to it? Wow.

[ edited by patxshand on 2008-01-22 07:31 ]
SoddingNancyTribe, I kid cuz I love. I wish only the best for Sarah, and I actually want to see her succeed in movies. If anything, I don't think she gets nearly enough respect for her talent. People sometimes suggest she isn't that great of an actress, and I'm forced to scream, "Go watch Buffy!" and they simply look at me like I'm nuts. Sigh.

Oh, and everything Joss touches is gold.

But I just desperately would die see a Buffy on the big screen. Be honest, if any of you clicked on your Whedonesque favorite tab to see "Buffy to be made into movie!" as a headline, you would probably throw up in excitement. I mean, I'm still reeling from news of a Ripper movie, and that's still a ways off.

I really shouldn't complain, though. This has been a truly fantastic year for Buffyverse fans.
This has been her stance for a few years now.I really think she has put the ball in Joss's court.If and when he wants to do a Buffy movie,he'll have to show her it can work as a movie first due to her concerns about that and what his idea for the film is.If she likes it and it works for her,she'll sign on.

That's really what it comes down to.Honestly I think Joss is going to have to make the first move if he really wants to do a Buffy movie.

We've never actually heard Joss comment or address Sarah's stance really.

So basically, she doesn't trust Joss enough with his own character and will make him put all that work into writing a script before she would even probably agree to it? Wow.

[ edited by patxshand on 2008-01-22 07:31 ]
patxshand | January 22, 07:31 CET



Bringing over my comments from a previous thread.

http://whedonesque.com/comments/15259

Most actors I tend to see like to know what they are signing onto before committing to a project.The only times you tend not to see that is if it's a high profile project like the Star Wars prequels or if their contract includes sequel clauses where they are under contract to do a second and third film no matter what.

With the T.V. show they were under contract and got no real say.We also know Sarah was very unhappy with some stuff on the show in the later years.It's not unreasonable for the actors to want some input into it if they come back.I remember hearing that Charisma Carpenter had script approval over,"You're Welcome" and rejected two drafts before a version to her liking was written and she signed on.James Marsters seemed to want some script approval on the proposed Spike movie.So it's not unreasonable to me that SMG wouldn't agree to a Buffy movie site unseen.

I'm sure it would be along the lines of what Impossible said on the other thread which was basically if Joss was serious he would get together with Sarah over drinks or something and they would talk over his ideas for the project first with some back and forth.If both were happy and wanted to do the film then they might go from there with Joss then starting on script/treatment to show her.

[ edited by Buffyfantic on 2008-01-22 07:50 ]
Wait, am I missing something here?
Did Joss announce the possibility of another Buffy movie?

I was at the news agent today and there was a magazine with sarah on te cover ands it said "Sarah Michelle Gellar: Buffy is back in a new movie". I'm confused.
Funny thing is, CowboyCliche, I come to the opposite conclusion with your analogy. I love my mum and I love my dad, and I'm awfully glad they got divorced years and years ago.,

Continuing to apply RL psychology to RL relationships that are only suggested by our knowledge of their fictional work (look! I'm flying a kite on air. Yes, the kite is also air, but look closer, it's darker than the other air!). I didn't perceive the relationship between SMG and Joss as at all spousal. It was probably more parental. And one-sided, possibly, on each side, because her experience of (not)having a father was negative, and his of being one hadn't ocurred yet. This is all no-contrast kite speculation.
I agree with what SMG says about the original movie. As much as I love the first movie, Buffy is really an epic story, one that cannot be told in an hour and thirty minutes. We had the amazing show and now we have the awesome comic. In my mind if there was a Buffy movie made it should be the end of the story. The true end to Buffy's story. (Not that I ever want the Buffy story to end!)
We all know Joss Whedon could write something absolutely amazing. So I'm glad to know that SMG is starting to realize how important the character of Buffy was and is to her career. And that perhaps if both are willing and able, she would revisit it.
Did Joss announce the possibility of another Buffy movie?

No.
I agree with SMG that it would be a terribly difficult movie to write. But on the other hand, Joss Whedon is a terribly good writer.

And it needn't tell "the" Buffy story. Serenity didn't tell the whole tale of Serenity's crew, nor did it need to. It told one important, meaty story. A new Buffy movie, similarly, wouldn't be obliged to lay out the entire Buffyverse mythology and epic for the audience, just one entertaining story from within it, a self-contained package of awesome plucked from the whole.

Tough job? Maybe, but (perhaps predictably, since here I am posting on Whedonesque) I have no doubts that Whedon could write such a film.
If a new Buffy story can be told in a new movie, it has to be our Slayer dealing with the fact that she isn't the Chosen One, but one who is Chosen. Can she deal with a few hundred others who also Slay, and can she be sure all of them can be on her page? That's a possibility. Once she is confident that they are on the same page, we can have future episodes featuring other Slayers.
Again, though, it would be a better idea to have Buffy come back in a mini-series, and it could be based on the comic book series, or maybe afterwards.
Ah, SMG on returning to Buffy, must be Tuesday ;). Here she is in 2004. So yep, we've chipped away at her resolve to the extent that she's now saying exactly the same thing she was saying 3-4 years ago, yay us, we chip the best ;).

An aged Buffy or maybe Buffy's truly last mission are pretty much the only stories worth telling in a film IMO, if it was "just" another episode but longer, even if it was large-scale then a) she wouldn't do it and b) without a true resolution to her story, to me it wouldn't be worthwhile. EMWV ;).
I am probably in a minority of, well, one, in not having any great interest in a ‘Buffy’ movie. The story was brilliantly told over the course of seven seasons of the TV show and, for me at least, came to a very satisfying conclusion. At that point, I felt it was time to move on.

I am, once again, also probably in a very small minority in actually liking the films Gellar has made since the TV show came to an end. That includes the second ‘Scooby Doo’ film, which, while of no great artistic worth, is surely not as inexcusable as is often claimed. Personally, I think ‘The Return’ is excellent and ‘Southland Tales is a whole lot better than the reviews suggest. I have a lot more interest in seeing the films coming soon (‘The Air I Breathe’, etc) and finding out what the future will bring than the vague hope that maybe one day there will be a ‘Buffy’ film.

As Pointy and Saje have already mentioned, Gellar has always given the same answer to this question. I don’t suppose she has any serious interest in doing a film – and I am not convinced Joss Whedon is waiting by his phone, just hoping that one day he might get the call. Equally, nothing suggests that studios are lined up ready to bid for the chance to be involved.

I hope Joss Whedon goes on to make a lot more films and television work, but I would not want him to turn into George Lucas, constantly tinkering, unnecessarily, with work already done.
Am I the only one who isn't really fussed about a movie? I just don't think Joss's universes lend themselves all that well to the big screen. Don't get me wrong, I loved Serenity, but it wasn't entirely what Firefly was.

I loved Serenity because we had no Firefly left. But we have had seven seasons of Buffy, and a comic book series to go along with it (and who knows when that will end). I think the space between the issues and episodes is every big as valid as the episodes themselves, and a film definitely ruins the emphasis of a cliffhanger. If a film came along I would surely welcome it, but I'm never really going to want it while we have stuff going on in the Buffyverse anyway.
As much as I would love to see more Buffy, I don't know that movie would be the way to go. A mini-series maybe? Problem is, everyone (the cast and crew) has moved on to other things and as hard core as a lot of us are, I don't think there would be enough interest for a studio to finance it.

I would like to see SMG get more main stream roles so she starts getting the attention and accolades she deserves. She's still one of my favorite actors.
Count me in the corner for mini-series.

Although the comics are good, when the time comes for Buffy to go out in a blaze of glory, again, I'd love to see it on screen with the actors we know from the series.

The DVDs of that series would make fortunes for anyone involved, but I guess people in Hollywood aren't into making money these days, or the studios just believe more money can be made from reality shows.
I really disagree with the viewpoint that Sarah should either be willing to commit sight-unseent to a Buffy movie or she's disloyal somehow. She's allowed to have her own opinion on what work it makes her happy to do that isn't beholden to Joss' vision of the Buffy character. This argument has been going on, and always pretty unfair to her, since she answered questions about the discomfort she had with Buffy's Season 6 arc. Whoever said it is right; actors like to know what they are signing up for.

As for the possibility of a movie in general, I suspect eventually someone will want to make one. If Joss and Sarah's names are on it, it's pretty much going to be able to knock out a $20 million + opening weekend in a Halloween timed release or something.
Although I love Buffy dearly, I'd much rather have a new Joss TV show (Dollhouse!) than a Buffy movie.
A Buffy movie would be incredibly fun to watch, but I almost wish it woulnd't happen. I like Saje's idea about an aged Buffy and her last mission. Otherwise, it would feel like the franchise was being overused. For examble, I was incredibly pissed when they announced they were continuing Angel in a comic form. For me, the end of Angel was the most perfect ending imaginable, it was so in character of the show that, as much as it annoyed me, it left me satisfied. While I am now, of course, a devout fan of the comic, I think it would have been just fine if they had left the story where it was.
Now, with all this said, I could never really mind more sequels, and I will squeal with happiness if any come my way. I believe in Joss, and I believe in the rest of the crew, and whatever they wish to make, I shall watch.

As for Sarah, I perfectly understand her decision. For two reasons actually. Saying a simple "no" to making a movie would hurt her fans, and it would be a rash decision. So, she has to say something else. And that's tricky at times! The other thing is that, as fantastically orgasmic as Buffy was, it still caused some type-casting for Sarah. Actors should have the opportunity to play diverse roles, and show of their skills.

So, if Joss, and Sarah, and the rest of the crew come back to make more wonderful stories, I will be there to see them. If they do not, it is just as good. I wish them luck with any and all of their projects.
Everyone makes such great points. Sarah shouldn't have everyone holding a Buffy movie over her head. I am a fan of her other work as well. I haven't seen Southland Tales yet but I plan on it, as well as her other upcoming movies. I think she needs to branch out from movies involving the supernatural. If you look at most of her post-Buffy movies they have been of the horror/supernatural genre. That would be typecasting I guess.

If ever there was to be a Buffy movie it had better be within the next 5 years. After that everyone will be way too old.
For me it has the feel of a famous movie like, oh I dont know, The Godfather. Parts 1 and 2 were fantastic. Then 20+ years later all the original cast get together with a pretty good storyline continuation...but it just doesn't have the same magic as the original. Maybe Buffy was so great because the people involved were "who they were" at that specific moment in time.

As much as I'd love to see some more of the Scoobie gang in living color, the show would really have to be magic-squared (or cubed!) to meet the fans expectations.
I'm pretty sure she's said all of that before too. Basically she's said that she thinks Buffy worked better as a long running series than it would as a film, and that she's focusing on other projects for the time being, but if Joss ever produced a script for a potential Buffy film and she felt like it was good then she would consider doing it.

And in all honesty I think that's the most sensible thing to do. I don't think Buffy could come back as a series, unless it was very different from the original concept- for example had the season 8 comic played out on TV rather than as a comic, it would have a very different feeling even though it is set in the same world with the same characters.

With Serenity, the only problem I had was that a two hour film wasn't the same as multiple seasons of a TV series. It was an excellent film, but the fact that we only ever got to see those characters and stories for 14 episodes and a film makes you frustrated at the lost potential.

The difference is with Buffy, I felt they ended at the right time. And 144 episodes was a considerable run, allowing most of the characters to be fully developed over that time and dozens of storylines explored. Had that been the end of Buffy, of course I would have been disappointed, but I would also have been satisfied with what we did get, whereas with something like Firefly I was deeply dissatisfied.

Season 8 being explored in comics almost works better for me than a TV continuation of the series, because it's different in so many ways, not only the format but also in terms of the content. And I think a film would also do that- it would be a chance to dip back into that universe and do something different than what we saw in the series. So even though Joss' storytelling is even better when it's allowed to develop in a story spanning years and years, I think Buffy has reached the stage where that isn't necessarily true. And of course with Serenity he showed that he could make a fantastic movie sequel to a TV series, so I can imagine he could do the same with Buffy.
Honestly, that "show me a script" bit seems to me that she's inching a little bit closer to the idea. Just a bit. It's almost like she's actually asking for a Buffy movie in a very passive aggressive way. Kind of like how you might borrow money from a friend...

"I really couldn't ask you for this. It would be too much. Friends should never let money come between them. I really shouldn't ever ask you for money. That's just not how it's done. I'll get the 400 bucks from somewhere else... I just need to think of where."

It's just it's more:

"I really don't think a Buffy movie could work. It was a TV show, not a movie, and I just don't see why you'd do that. It just seems like a really bad idea. I mean, I'd look at the script if there was one, but it probably wouldn't work. I'd really like to see how they'd do it if there was one, but it would be really hard. I'll just find another really high profile project to be part of to get my name back out there."

Seems like she's almost fishing for one.
Double post... bloody Comcast.

[ edited by IMForeman on 2008-01-22 17:56 ]
To me, Sarah's comments (if they're even new) sound like those of someone who gets asked the same meaningless question over and over. I doubt she's thinking very hard about her answers. She certainly isn't trying to send a message to Joss via them. Now if she got a call from Joss, things might be different.
I wonder if this question has become SMG's equivalent of "Why do you write these strong female characters?"
I believe there will be a Buffy movie someday, and there's no one else I'd like to see in the title role. SMG and Buffy herself get a lot of grief. I was shocked at my first big fandom gathering to hear people exclaim, with real venom, "I HATE Buffy!" This in the line to the James Marsters/Juliet Landau talking thing. I personally love Buffy, but more than that, not just love her; she is like a fiber of my being almost. I started watching the show at 12 and it informed my adolescence. SMG took the role of Buffy very seriously and it shows in her acting and in every word she's ever said about the show. She brought the character to fruition as much as Joss did, in this instance. And there is VERY little I disagree with her about the storylines, and the problems that she has said were the same things that I said. I think she has a really good instinct for the character. Basically, if Joss wrote the story, and Sarah signed on, then I would KNOW, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that this would be the movie that a lot of us can't wait to see. Basically, I trust SMG with Buffy, she is in good hands with her.

And there is no movie that I want to see more than this one.
I wonder if this question has become SMG's equivalent of "Why do you write these strong female characters?"

I wouldn't be surprised. It seems like it would be even more of a minefield to answer, what with the way people like to spin an answer and start internet rumors. Or, more generously, some people hear what they want to (I think both cases occur).

She's a professional. Wanting to see a script doesn't sound unreasonable. I wish her the best in her current projects.
All these years later (wow, can't believe BTVS ended YEARS ago) I, too, would be a little hesitant about a Buffy movie. Don't get me wrong- Joss is a genius and I trust him wholly, but this is a story that is so dear to so many of us. We would have to have all the original actors on board (at LEAST the main Scoobies) and hope that that indescrible chemistry is still there. Personally, I loved Chosen and felt it was a perfect ending. I was even skeptical about the comics! And, while I am enjoying them, they aren't nearly as magical as the phenonmenon that was Buffy on TV.

Also- they get me angry at times! Like, why didn't Faith help Angel with his final battle in LA? And, HAVE Spike and Buffy spoken, yet? The last time we saw them together, she told him she loved him (although he felt it was a kindness, not a truth, but, still!) It's moving a bit too slowly for me and opening old wounds :-P What can I say- I want the world, I want the whole world!

ok, sorry, back to the movie. What has Joss said recently about this? Anybody know?
Yeah I agree Sunfire, as with DB and Angel this isn't a question you answer, it's one you field so you can get onto the questions you want to answer. SMG generally does a very nimble and professional job of responding without actually saying very much IMO, she's not daft.
The Buffyverse really needs to be wrapped up on the big screen. All the demons get banished from Earth, all the slayers become regular humans again, magic is gone.

Of course, it would all end with Angel becoming human again, fulfilling the Shanshu prophecy, and he and Buffy dying in each others' arms... after a battle where all the main characters die*.

That is, until Fray comes along.


(*Except Andrew, since he's the one telling the story.)

[ edited by Whistler on 2008-01-22 21:45 ]
In relation to wanting to see a script ,as I said in the other thread , SMG has said that the Scooby Doo movie produced wasn't the movie she signed up to.It wasn't supposed to be such a kiddies movie.
No, definitely no, on the movie. Joss would almost surely end up killing a core Scooby!

(Though there are stories still to tell. How does Buffy handle all the new slayers? Has Willow been redeemed? What of Faith and her arc, still unresolved? What of the Watchers' Council?)
No, definitely no, on the movie. Joss would almost surely end up killing a core Scooby!
Serenity notwithstanding, I think I remember hearing JW saying, perhaps on a DVD commentary, that he was seriously considering killing off one of the big four at the end of S7 but just couldn't bring himself to do it. Blinding Xander was the next, err, "best" alternative.
(Though there are stories still to tell. How does Buffy handle all the new slayers? Has Willow been redeemed? What of Faith and her arc, still unresolved? What of the Watchers' Council?)
Dark Horse Comics, meet Dana5140. Dana, Dark Horse. ;v)

[ edited by Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner on 2008-01-22 22:40 ]
I disagree with her statement about the original movie. The movie worked fine and I liked it very much.

But I don't blame her for wanting to see a script first. Joss might be a very talented man, but there was plenty in the show to dislike, lots of bad decisions that they had no choice but keep building on over the years. I don't blame her, Michelle or Emma for never wanting anything to do with the show again.

She's just giving the best answer she can to not alienate fans that love her and her character.
In a perfect world, Buffy: Season 8, Angel: After the Fall, and Ripper would all lead into one hugely epic smash hit movie that wrapped everything up and showed us the big final fight that Fray talks about. Then Fray would become an ongoing series.

I'm not going to get my hopes up (again), though. A whole lot of coincidences would have to happen, and they'd have to happen really soon.

I think I'll just continue looking forward to Dollhouse.
In relation to wanting to see a script ,as I said in the other thread , SMG has said that the Scooby Doo movie produced wasn't the movie she signed up to.It wasn't supposed to be such a kiddies movie.


Although didn't Sarah recently say that she was initially upset by criticism of the Scooby Doo films, until her husband pointed out that they were making them for children, not for critics? That sort of implies that they knew what type of film they were signing up for in the first place.

I think one of the difficulties with making a Buffy movie is because there are things like the season 8 comics, the Angel comics and potentially Ripper, to worry about. The first two are progressing as we speak, but Ripper isn't even confirmed yet. I don't think Joss would want to write a Buffy film right now only to find out that it will severely change aspects of something like Ripper, if it were to go ahead. Or he may feel like it limits the possibilities of what he can do with season 8, as I'm sure the whole arc of the comics hasn't been set in stone.

I actually think season 8 is really Joss' alternative to making a film. It's the show on an even more epic scale, just as a movie budget would allow for more action and bigger villains (and sisters).

I've always compared the relationship between TV series and films to that between novels and graphic novels. TV series and novels allow development of numerous plots and many characters. Films and graphic novels are slightly different in that the characters and stories can have just as big an impact, but the format requires such conciseness. And I know that long running comics such as X-Men do offer the same kind of epic arc storytelling as a TV series, but only over the couse of years. Every 5 issues of the Buffy season 8 comic thus far are equivalent to roughly 1 TV episode, so ultimately it will be more like a film or miniseries than the TV series.
Although it would be amazing if a Buffy movie happens sometime down the road, one of the big problems is money. Hell, a studio wouldn't even put up a couple mil for a Spike TV movie. Even if Joss, Sarah, and all or mostly all of the cast is in a studio is still gonna have to put up 10s of millions for the 1 movie. Hopefully, sooner or later, Joss and Sarah will sit down and get something worked out and a studio will put up the cash.

It would be pretty tough to make a great Buffy movie if it was just one 2 hour movie. What would be amazing is if Joss could get the go ahead for a trilogy and each film be between 2 and 2 and a half hours. I do realize this is pretty wishful thinking considering it would be tough enough to get the financing for 1 film, but that's what I would pray for.

Another thing I would love to see is a Buffy animated series finally get off the ground. Whether it be some of the high school stuff in between the first 3 seasons like the original animated series was supposed to be or something like Season 8 anything would be great.


Pretty much anything happening in the Buffyverse on TV or film whether it be a big screen Buffy and/or Angel movie, TV Angel movie, TV Spike movie, or Ripper, I'll be thrilled with just about anything we can get.

[ edited by mossoholic on 2008-01-23 05:48 ]
"You show me a script; you show me that it works, and you show me that [the] audience can accept that, [and] I'd probably be there."


Sarah said "probably". Not definitely, but 'probably', which shows that even WITH a great script, superb cast, guaranteed audience figures and Joss directing, it's not a 100% chance. (Her platitude even sounds like her line from 'Forever!)

Of COURSE she's not going to say no when asked about a movie, she'll alienate her (many and rabid) Buffy fans.
We should be grateful the Buffyverse is living on in comic form and stop asking the poor cast this same question over and over!
Although didn't Sarah recently say that she was initially upset by criticism of the Scooby Doo films, until her husband pointed out that they were making them for children, not for critics? That sort of implies that they knew what type of film they were signing up for in the first place.

I remember cast interviews at the time of the sequel where some of them said that in some ways they preferred making the second one because they knew where they stood more.

The first one tried to walk the line between appealing to kids and adults with its knowing winks about Shaggy being a stoner and Velma (and maybe Fred) being gay (and did a reasonable job IMO - as disposable, "check your brain at the door" entertainment goes, i've seen worse) whereas the second one was much more overtly aimed at kids (apart from the odd sop to the parents in the audience like Linda Cardellini in a leather catsuit - blatant "Dad appeal" if ever I saw it ;).
This is Gellar's comment about the reviews of Scooby Doo. It's from Entertainment Weekly in March 2003:

"The reviews were scathing, and I took it really hard. [But] Freddie said to me, 'Scooby-Doo isn't for reviewers. We're not making it for them.' And when all these children came up to me to say, 'Scooby-Doo is my favorite movie,' that was great. But for a weird time in between, I took everything really personally."
I just saw Sarah on Regis and Kelly (okay, normally I don't watch this stuff but I'm still home) and while she was there to promote The Air I Breathe, I was struck by the passage of time and what a grown-up lady she is. I think when I say to myself, geez I miss Buffy, it's not just Sarah. I miss everyone, the gang, and while it is normal to feel nostalgic about it, wanting to recreate that nostalgia as a one-off movie, even for television, doesn't feel ... right somehow.
Hmn....Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn agreed to 'The Interpreter' without a finished script, because they trusted director Sidney Pollack.

Thomas Haden Church did the same for "Spiderman 3" for Sam Raimi (though the end result is another story).

After 7 years of incredible back-breaking writing--- and endless rave reviews for all three tv series- hasn't Mr.Whedon and his staff of writers earned the benefit of a doubt from this actress?

I think an interview with one of the Buffy producers awhile back was the most objective: that he felt neither SMG or Mr.Whedon felt enough love for each others' contribution from one another by the end for Buffy.

I put my money on 'not likely of ever happening' for this film. Too bad--- but then again, I'm of the opinion that the seventh season ended PERFECTLY.

[ edited by harvey chin on 2008-01-24 05:40 ]
... hasn't Mr.Whedon and his staff of writers earned the benefit of a doubt from this actress?

Given that, as others have pointed out, she wasn't happy with the direction of season 6 i'd say she's just being sensible harvey chin. What if Joss wants to take Buffy back to a place SMG doesn't want to go ? As a series regular under contract she didn't have much choice, now she does and she's simply exercising it.

Gotta say too that, BtVS being all about women making their own choices, it strikes me kinda funny that when the very woman that helped make the character an icon does just that, she's criticised for it. Hopefully the irony's not lost on most of us ;).

And i've not seen 'The Interpreter' (though seem to recall the reviews not being unanimously adoring) but 'Spider-man 3' is a good example of how even the best creative teams, with a proven track-record, can drop the occasional bollock. A pretty good reason to read the script first i'd say.
Saje:"Gotta say too that, BtVS being all about women making their own choices, it strikes me kinda funny that when the very woman that helped make the character an icon does just that, she's criticised for it. Hopefully the irony's not lost on most of us ;)"

Well said.

Joss Whedon and company are fantastic but they aren't perfect and there is nothing wrong with being cautious.

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