Vertigo pairs with Kuzuis for possible relaunch

In the wake of “Twilight” and “True Blood,” it’s time to unearth “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

That’s the assertion of Vertigo Entertainment, which is pairing with “Buffy” rights holders Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui, to develop a theatrical reboot of the 1992 movie written by Joss Whedon and directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui.

“Now seems like the right time,” said Vertigo principal Roy Lee. “Studios are looking for a franchise and vampires are relevant again.”

However, those seeking further expansion of Whedon’s Buffyverse can look elsewhere. The reboot may not feature any characters from the original film or from Whedon’s TV spinoffs, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.”

The Hollywood Reporter reported the Vertigo-Kuzui partnership on its website Sunday night.

TV’s “Buffy” ended its run in 2003; “Angel” followed suit the following year. However, Whedon has maintained both franchises by publishing ongoing serials through a partnership with Dark Horse Comics.

Lee, who is now meeting writers with Vertigo partner Doug Davison, says he wants a concept that hews to the original film. “As a producer, I’m just trying to find a movie the studios want to make,” he says. “It seems the core concept is the way to go.”

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