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Rupert Giles Thinks The Buffy Movie Remake Is ‘A Horrible Idea’

Since Warner Bros. announced in November that it plans to remake the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, without the involvement of Joss Whedon, we’ve heard from countless fans, Whedon himself, TV series stars David Boreanaz, Eliza Dushku and Nicholas Brendan, and even the original Buffy Kristy Swanson. (She’s all for it.) But now the Watcher has weighed in and, needless to say, he disapproves.

“It’s not a great idea,” actor Anthony Head, who played Buffy’s mentor Rupert Giles for seven seasons, tells The Huffington Post. Wait, it’s more than simply not great.

“It’s a horrible idea,” continues Head, who’s making the rounds to promote the third season of Merlin. It’s a horrible idea in as much as Buffy was a great conceit. It was a great story. A great idea. I don’t think you can … whether you feel as though you helped it on its way, I don’t feel that you can then remake that without the original creator on board. It doesn’t make sense. And I mean, somewhere down the line, I suppose sometimes … I suppose you could, but it never sits very comfortably. With someone like Joss, why would you want to? Well, I know why you want to. You want to make money. As he said recently, ‘I hope it’s good!’ [laughs] I love him.”

Head was also asked about the long-discussed Giles spinoff Ripper, which was first mentioned as early as 2001 as a BBC special or miniseries. Odds are the show is as dead as the character, who was killed off by Whedon last month in the 39th issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8.

“Not unless he comes back as a ghost,” Head says. “In Season 8, the comic book, Giles just died. [laughs] So I think it’s R.I.P. Ripper.”

Head returns as the tyrannical King Uther Pendragon in the third season of Merlin, which premieres Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.


  • Anonymous

    You dick. This is the second time on this site that I’ve had the death of a major character spoiled for me (the first was Rita from Dexter).

    You know, you could could at least put spoiler warnings somewhere in the article that way people who aren’t caught up on the comic don’t get cheated.

  • Kevin Melrose

    The issue was released a month ago, and the story development discussed fairly widely, so I didn’t consider it a “spoiler.” What’s the statute of limitations?

  • Steve

    How about at least until the trade is released? I have to agree, a simple spoiler warning would do the trick, especially considering the article isn’t directly related to what’s been spoiled.

  • Gregg

    ““It’s a horrible idea,” continues Head, who’s making the rounds to promote the third season of Merlin.”

    what’s your frame of reference there?

  • Kevin Melrose

    The first part of the interview is devoted to the third season of Merlin, which premieres tomorrow in the United States.

  • Jfreston

    I agree. I’ve been avoiding spoilers while I’ve been waiting for the trade. Not cool to have it spoiled in an unrelated article.

  • LOL


  • Anonymous

    1 month is only one issue, so it’s like spoiling last week’s episode.

  • tom

    Well Rupert Giles wouldn’t be in it. In any form.

  • tom

    Poor form. Some people wait for the TPB and they don’t deserve to have this spoiled in an article where the main subject has nothing to do with the comic. Some of us get comics by mail order and have to wait even longer than a month sometimes. There was no need for that.

  • Gregg

    which was at its conception a terrible idea, and 3 seasons in is still a terrible idea.

  • Fletch_al

    i agree with joshua. thx for totally reuining that for me!

  • Andy

    Joshua_Long I had the same problem. What the fuck is with this idoit write and the major spoiler? I also had Rita ruined for me by a bunch of dip shit radio hosts.

  • Tabitha

    Yeah, so not only was the Giles thing just spoiled for me, but now the Rita thing is also spoiled for me because I read the comments. Damn.

  • facebook-731708027

    I’d rather count the comics as cannon since there ‘comics’, theres never consistant.
    Bring back a true season 8, give us a spin-off.