Is Buffy about to get animated, again?

Apparently, you just can’t keep a good vampire slayer down. Rumors surfaced this week that Buffy the Vampire Slayer might come back from the dead, so to speak, in a new animated television series. A writer at TV Overmind reported that one if his friends, who he declined to name, is helping to produce a new Buffy series with Joss Whedon’s blessing.

The details are sketchy and the source is completely unconfirmed, so take it all with a grain of salt (I prefer mine on the rim of a margarita). Still, even the rumor of a new Joss-approved Buffy incarnation is exciting. And, no, we are not going to talk about that Joss and Scooby-less movie abomination that is also in the works.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Buffy got animated. Back in 2002, Fox greenlit a cartoon series featuring all of the original cast (minus Sarah Michelle Gellar) voicing their characters and a pilot was shot. But then the plug got pulled before it ever aired. Last August, a promo clip from the pilot was leaked. Looks like we missed out on some great, quippy action.


According to TV Overmind, the new animated series would be an adaption of the Buffy comics. But it’s unclear if this means the currently-in-production Buffy Season 8 series or the previous comic series. The show was described as “motion comics,” whatever that means.

Joss is apparently “involved, but not on an ‘in-the-studio’ kind of way. He will pop in at bench-marks and give the thumbs up to make the studio happen. Not as much involvement as any of us want, but it’s better than not any at all.”

If the rumors turn out to be true, it would be great to see Season 8 actually play out on screen. The writers even included an homage to the unaired cartoon series in one of the issues, where Buffy wakes to find herself in the animated world from the series.

And if they really follow Season 8’s storylines, that would mean there would be some gay content as well. Willow and Kennedy continue their relationship on the comic pages and Buffy slept with fellow slayer Satsu.

So, what do you think? Could this be true? Will Buffy and company rise again on TV to dust vamps and avert the apocalypse? Discuss. And if the apocalypse comes, beep me.