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Joss Whedon's Buffy spin-off Ripper could still happen, under a different name

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A Giles by any other name...

Joss Whedon's Buffy spin-off Ripper could still happen, under a different name

In an excellent interview with The AV Club, covering topics as diverse as The Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers, spoilers, horror movies, ironic detachment, and fan expectations, Joss Whedon teased the possibility of the long-rumoured Ripper spin-off, featuring Anthony Stewart Head’s Giles character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, finally happening. Except it seems it wouldn’t be an official spin-off (probably due to rights issues), but rather (presumably) a very similar project to what was originally intended.

“No, the 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.””

This tells us two awesome things: 1) The BBC talks like Joss Whedon, and 2) there might still be hope for the project to actually happen at some point.

He admitted that Anthony Stewart Head is very busy in his career at the moment, but went on to say:

“But that’s the thing with Ripper. It doesn’t go away in my head because he’s still right for it, and he could still bring it.”

Many fans had assumed that the project was long dead, but Joss Whedon would like to test that theory…

If it ever does get made, then hopefully there'll be singing. Giles singing is awesome.

And this project is just one example of something that didn’t work out but that Joss holds out hope on being able to return to:

“I never give up on anything, because you come back around, and suddenly the thing you thought you’d never do becomes relevant...But I’m always open to something that I thought was moribund suddenly coming to life and trying to eat my brain.”

After all, this has happened several times before in Joss’ career. After the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie didn’t work out the way he wanted, he rebooted the franchise for television, resulting in one of the most beloved TV shows ever. After Firefly was cancelled, he got the chance to bring the entire main cast back for the big screen adventure Serenity. And although the creative process of making The Cabin in the Woods (with co-writer and director Drew Goddard) went very smoothly, the completed film itself sat on the shelf for years due to MGM’s financial problems, before being bought by Lionsgate and finally being released recently, to mixed audience reception but already being hailed as a classic by many.

Just like one of Joss Whedon’s characters, there’s always the chance for a project to make a heroic return.

And if Anthony Stewart Head can star in a Joss Whedon project, playing a character *somewhat similar to* Giles/Ripper, then perhaps James Marsters (who's said that he'll no longer reprise the role of Spike because he's now too old to convincingly portray a vampire, who doesn't age) could star in the title role of a series called, ooh, say, William the Bloody, playing a character who *just happens* to be sarcastic, soulful, and British...

Whedonesque

See also:

Top 23 things that Joss Whedon should do post-Avengers
Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods review (spoiler-free)
More spoiler-free musings on Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods
Dollhouse's Enver Gjokaj “unable to confirm or deny” being in The Avengers
Percy Jackson 2 casts Nathan Fillion and Anthony Stewart Head


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