If Veronica Mars can raise more than $5 million for a movie, why can't Buffy do it?
That's the Q we just posed to Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, given that Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the greatest cult TV shows of all time. And while the resident slayer is not totally on board, there is a teensy-tiny sliver on hope for fans!
"Joss and I always talk about [a movie]," Gellar told me during an interview for E! News. "But the thing with Buffy is that Buffy was a movie, and it ultimately didn't work as a film. And I mean, we had such miles to overcome when we were trying to do a TV show based on a movie. And one of the reasons is that the story works better over time."
And now here comes the tiny sliver: "If there was ever the right story, we would do it."
We'll take it! Right, fans? Even though Gellar also jokes that, "At this point, the stake would be my walker and I would be hobbling in."
Gellar (who is only 36, mind you) is promoting The Crazy Ones, her new CBS comedy starring a young up-and-comer named Robin Williams, who plays her dad. Heard of him? Oh right, he is a legendary actor who got his start on TV with Mork and Mindy (a Happy Days spinoff) in 1978. This new CBS comedy from David E. Kelley is Williams' first foray back on the small screen.
"It was an amazing experience [shooting the first episode]" Robin tells me, "because it's been 32 years since I've been on network TV and a regular of a series, so I came in sort of like [looks terrified], ‘Oh, this is nice.' Then I started to relax. Because it's shot like a movie. There was no studio audience. Because the first live audience for Mork and Mindy was from a mental institution and they laughed at everything."
For the record, Williams is very clear that there are no plans whatsoever to ever reprise his role as Mork from Ork, in a movie or otherwise. So you can keep the dollar bills you've been saving for that.
Gellar and Williams' new series The Crazy Ones, also starring James Wolk (of Mad Men's "Not great, Bob!" fame), premieres this fall on CBS.
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