Let's make like Giles and lay out all the facts: reports emerged today on ShowbizSpy that Sarah Michelle Gellar was behind a new effort to get a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" movie on the big screen.
"There is an idea for a script and to pick the story up with Buffy older and maybe even a mother," an insider is quoted as saying. "Michelle is busy with movie projects at the moment but she is excited about the idea. Buffy still has a huge fan-base so this is a movie that already has an audience."
The fanboy inside of me who knows the title of every "BTVS" episode, owns the complete series and talks about members of the Scooby Gang like legitimate friends would love nothing more than for this to be true. The season eight comic books have proved that Joss Whedon & Co. still have lots of slayer-related stories to tell. But here's the problem. There is no way this is true.
Anyone who followed the show's evolution as closely as I did knows that the last person who would be pushing for a feature film is Sarah Michelle. I don't mean to imply that SMG hates the show -- far from it -- but she's made it no secret that booking a return ticket to Sunnydale isn't high up on her to do list.
The biggest let down about all of this is that even after disregarding five years of movie rumors, my heart still skips a beat any time the subject is brought up. Said heart is then repeatedly shattered into a million pieces and kicked back down to earth by the dirty boot of those movie gods who are uninterested in turning the greatest TV show of all time into the greatest movie of all time.