Rumor: A new Buffy animated series?

TV Overmind is reporting that a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer animated series is in the works, based on the “Season 8” comic books:

What is certain is that because they’re using the comic books as their starting point, all our favorite characters will be returning and this animated series will compliment the original series. Whether any of the original cast will provide voices is uncertain (though I’m doubtful). But Joss Whedon is involved.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of a Buffy animated series, of course: Fox was developing one in 2002, but it never went furthur than a 4-minute “pilot.” Will this new attempt will ever get beyond the rumor stage? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Crazy idea du jour: Buffy without Whedon?

Buffy: The Original Flavor

Fran Rubel Kuzui and Kaz Kuzui, who you may remember as the executive producers from the the Buffy and Angel credits, are looking into relaunching the Buffy franchise with another movie. Without Joss Whedon. No, seriously:

The new “Buffy” film, however, would have no connection to the TV series, nor would it use popular supporting characters like Angel, Willow, Xander or Spike. Vertigo and Kuzui are looking to restart the story line without trampling on the beloved existing universe created by Whedon, putting the parties in a similar situation faced by Paramount, J.J. Abrams and his crew when relaunching “Star Trek.”

Uhh… Yeah. Say what you will about Whedon, but the only reason anyone actually remembers that movie is the TV show. What can a Whedonless relaunch/remake do but piss off his base (aka the core of your possible audience) and ignite lots of internet ire?

…It’s totally going to happen, isn’t it?

UPDATE: Whedon’s response.

Edward, may I treat you to a stake dinner?

buffy stakes edward

This was actually all over the internets a few months ago, but Paula helpfully reminded me of it today. Sure to be a huge hit at this year’s Dragon*Con and other places where people who get the joke will congregate, the shirt is available for both men and women. Wear it hoping that the Twilighters actually have a sense of humor offline.

Hey man, nice shot: Han Solo on EW’s ‘cool’ list

Entertainment Weekly has placed Han Solo at #7 on their list of the 20 all-time coolest heroes in pop culture. And he’s not even the only Harrison Ford character on it; Indiana Jones makes #2, beat out only by James Bond. The ladies are no slouches, either: Ellen Ripley is #5 and Buffy is #8, with Foxy Brown, Nancy Drew, and Sydney Bristow also making appearances.

UPDATE: Jezebel is annoyed that there weren’t more women on the list. Can’t really blame them there!