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Jun. 11, 2009by: Cherry Liquor

So, yeah... I hear they're planning on remaking the original BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER movie. I'm old enough that I was in high school when the original came out in the theaters, where I was one of the few people who went to see it. Which is why Whedon made it into a series that I got sick of after a couple of seasons. The movie came out in 1992, which means that you could be nearly legal age now and not have been born when it was released. Funny that people are griping over it. Instead, let's Battle over who should star in it!***

Ari Graynor

First, I love this chick because she's going to be in this fall's WHIP IT! as Eva Destruction and I'm a Roller Derby freak. Second, I love this chick because in a movie where two of the most precocious young adult stars fiddled their way through a ro-emo-ance, she was picking her favorite piece of gum out of a disgusting toilet and bragging about finding Jesus. Ari Graynor has the look, the physicality and the humour that Buffy needs. She's a super hot property since NICK & NORAH, but for very, very good reason: she's that good.

Arielle Kebbel

I was struck by Arielle's sweet face with her presence in that awful S-T-D (Straight to DVD) mess AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS BAND CAMP. She was the only thing that made me sit through the whole mess and she's the only one of the three that I picked who has ties to Whedon in that she was in the GRUDGE sequel with Gellar. (Haven't seen that.) However, after watching her in THE UNINVITED, an American retelling of THE TALE OF TWO SISTERS, I must admit that I like her even more seeing how she's capable of being cute, sharp and sexy; everything that Buffy Summers needs. Oh, and I fucking still liked JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE. Well, I liked Kebbel, my girlfriend Brittany Snow and my mistress Sophia Bush in it. F*cking sue me.

Rachael Taylor

Here's a chick who needs more work and definitely fits the Buffy persona. She's blonde, she's beautiful, she's sporty and she was cool enough to be born in Tasmania, Australia. If she can ditch the natural (and horrible) accent that she used in the first TRANSFORMERS, add all of the sexy that she brought to BOTTLE SHOCK (which co-starred another revamped series star, Chris Pine and is worth watching for Alan Rickman alone... step outside of the standard A-list box when renting flicks, people) and you might just have yourself a Buffy who could kick ass with some class.

Those are my suggestions. You can vote from there or add your own.

Extra Tidbit: *** Thanks to Andrew, a reader who suggested this Battle, as I wouldn't have really cared. I like movies and I like canceled TV shows because they're like movies, they don't drag on for years and years. I didn't go with his suggestion, Megan Park, mainly because I'm not as familiar with her work. But still... credit where credit is due. If anyone ever has suggestions for Battles or otherwise, please feel free to email me with them anytime at cherryliquor@joblo.com
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9:53PM on 06/12/2009

I generally don't mind remakes and reboots. And I kinda like Luke Perry.

Cherry Liquor - Heh, sorry if I assumed a little too much about your agenda.

I found the Buffy movie to be a [link] fluffy comedy -- much more of an over-the-top joke than the dark Shakespearean morality play with even-better-than-West Wing dialogue and wit that the show grew into.

Ditching the show just as it was getting complicated, depthy, and growing into much more than its original simple premise, I can see why you don't mind the idea of a remake.

I don't mind remakes and
Cherry Liquor - Heh, sorry if I assumed a little too much about your agenda.

I found the Buffy movie to be a [link] fluffy comedy -- much more of an over-the-top joke than the dark Shakespearean morality play with even-better-than-West Wing dialogue and wit that the show grew into.

Ditching the show just as it was getting complicated, depthy, and growing into much more than its original simple premise, I can see why you don't mind the idea of a remake.

I don't mind remakes and reboots. The Thing, The Fly, hell, technically the Buffy series is a remake. It's just that, in this case, there's still a pretty large fan base that wants to see the already established world continue in some way. It's not like I'm some old-school Battlestar Galactica fan that's complaining that the series from nearly 30 years ago has been ignored. The difference is that the last episode in Whedon's universe aired less than 5 years ago, and the series garnered its praise and following because of its creator's vision and voice, not because of it's broad premise that the first couple of seasons were superficially based around.

As any fan of the Buffy series will tell you: the show is about much more than the character of Buffy, and wouldn't have been as popular as it was if it was simply about a perky blonde girl who kills evil bad guys. A reboot wouldn't be anything more than just that -- no matter how kickass of an actress they get.
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6:55PM on 06/12/2009
JesseNick - I liked the first movie. I own a copy of it on both VHS and DVD. I thought that Luke Perry was very underrated due to his [link] with 90210 and being a heartthrob. Whedon was unhappy with the way that the movie was made, thus creating the television show. I think while there could have been some tweaks here and there, the movie was fine.

I guess I'm just befuddled as to why people get so pissy about remakes. I mean, they gave Scorsese his first directorial Oscar for a remake. I
JesseNick - I liked the first movie. I own a copy of it on both VHS and DVD. I thought that Luke Perry was very underrated due to his [link] with 90210 and being a heartthrob. Whedon was unhappy with the way that the movie was made, thus creating the television show. I think while there could have been some tweaks here and there, the movie was fine.

I guess I'm just befuddled as to why people get so pissy about remakes. I mean, they gave Scorsese his first directorial Oscar for a remake. I don't think that this movie needs to be remade, but after a couple seasons of the show, I didn't think that the story of Buffy needed to be dragged out.

I actually thought for quite some time about real actresses who I thought would make plausible options since - like it or not - the remake is getting made. I consider all of the women above to be viable candidates to step into Swanson's shoes. There is no harbored resentment about anything in here.
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8:15AM on 06/12/2009
I agree with the majority that this reboot is a bad idea. Just use the actors from the show. However if choosing someone from this list I'd go with Arielle.
I agree with the majority that this reboot is a bad idea. Just use the actors from the show. However if choosing someone from this list I'd go with Arielle.
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3:45AM on 06/12/2009
I already gave my 2 cents, but just wanted to say I agree with JesseNick...I always tell people if they can just make it past the first season (which is cheesy as hell at parts and nowhere near the awesomness of later seasons) they will enjoy the series quite a bit.
I already gave my 2 cents, but just wanted to say I agree with JesseNick...I always tell people if they can just make it past the first season (which is cheesy as hell at parts and nowhere near the awesomness of later seasons) they will enjoy the series quite a bit.
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10:11PM on 06/11/2009

Meh. I don't know who anyone of these girls are anyway

Cherry Liquor seems to have pre-built a I-don't-like-Buffy defense right into her article before anyone even said anything. She must have had some really bad experiences with Buffy/Whedon fans.

BTW, Buffy was an amazing show, even more so after the first couple of seasons. Screw a reboot.
Cherry Liquor seems to have pre-built a I-don't-like-Buffy defense right into her article before anyone even said anything. She must have had some really bad experiences with Buffy/Whedon fans.

BTW, Buffy was an amazing show, even more so after the first couple of seasons. Screw a reboot.
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7:31PM on 06/11/2009
Arielle definitely!
Arielle definitely!
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3:54PM on 06/11/2009
I think of those, Kebbel would fit the part the best. I could definitely see her filling in Buffy's shoes. But, looks-wise I say she's pretty much tied with that Rachael Taylor chick. Yeah, the accent annoyed in Transformers but that chica is smokin.

Also, I might have to sue you Cherry. John Tucker Must Die was awful. To each their own though.
I think of those, Kebbel would fit the part the best. I could definitely see her filling in Buffy's shoes. But, looks-wise I say she's pretty much tied with that Rachael Taylor chick. Yeah, the accent annoyed in Transformers but that chica is smokin.

Also, I might have to sue you Cherry. John Tucker Must Die was awful. To each their own though.
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12:28PM on 06/11/2009
Definitely going with Kebbel. The other two aren't in the same league as Arielle.
Definitely going with Kebbel. The other two aren't in the same league as Arielle.
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12:21PM on 06/11/2009
Kebbel.
Kebbel.
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12:16PM on 06/11/2009

arielle all the way!

loved her since 'band camp' and she was awesome in 'red mist'. she is far above the other two imo. simply scrumptious.
loved her since 'band camp' and she was awesome in 'red mist'. she is far above the other two imo. simply scrumptious.
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12:09PM on 06/11/2009

Rachel Taylor

Underrated hottie.
Underrated hottie.
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11:39AM on 06/11/2009
Arielle Kebbel
I like her better with brown hair, but she's hot regardless.
Arielle Kebbel
I like her better with brown hair, but she's hot regardless.
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11:34AM on 06/11/2009
Taylor, though Kebbel is a close 2nd.
Taylor, though Kebbel is a close 2nd.
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11:01AM on 06/11/2009
ari. but that is a pretty bad picture of her.
ari. but that is a pretty bad picture of her.
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10:48AM on 06/11/2009
close but gonna have to say ms Kebbel
close but gonna have to say ms Kebbel
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