2015 was arguably the biggest year for giant movies. Last year is the year of the tentpole as Jurassic Park IV: Jurassic World, Avengers II: Age of Ultron, Mad Max IV: Fury Road, Terminator IV: Genisys, James Bond XXIV: SPECTRE, Hunger Games IV: Mockingjay Part 2 and Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens were all released and most of them were above the average summer blockbuster quality.
Every studio is in a fever trying to pitch the next big tentpole. 21st Century Fox has never been first in box office revenue for an entire year, but they do own many story worlds, aka intellectual properties that have made a lot of money, namely the two highest grossing films of all time, one that is now being turned into a four movie series, Avatar. Here is a list of some of their high level
They also own the rights to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The right thing to do would be to secure Joss Whedon after having made the first two Avengers films and lock him into a Buffy three movie deal. Listen they’re going to remake, reboot, or recycle Buffy at some point, it’s too lucrative a brand not to keep going. Fox already put some dough behind a remake, hiring a writer in 2011 to write a Buffy reboot without any involvement from Joss Whedon and more than likely a brand new cast. So the proper thing to do would be to give the franchise back to the man who created, who has two films in the top ten highest grossing movies of all time. Give him his story world back so you don’t ruin it and let him print you solid gold with a new Buffy movie trilogy.
Here are some ideas:
Adapt the comics.
The comics have ran an 8th season of 40 issues, a 9th season of 20 issues and they are now on a 10th season of who knows how many issues. To be short and quick, they could potentially make each season of comics into its own movie in the the trilogy. There are a lot of things that happen in season 8 and a lot of characters that return and the Fray thing couldn’t be done. But that’s for a later point.
In season 8 we get a lot of characters from the past and from the future returning, not held back by heir Hollywood schedules. Oz makes a triumphant return after Buffy finds out she has super powers and needs him to find out how to control her powers. Xander and Dawn fall in love. Buffy has a fling with one of the young slayers and Willow is all excited that Buffy is now a lesbian. It's a really fun run, seriously all 40 issues are worth the read.
Adapt Fray: Future Slayer
Much like how Batman has Batman Beyond, Buffy has Fray the future slayer. Back in 2001 Joss’ first official Buffy comic book didn’t have Buffy in it. Instead it took place in the future, where there were no more slayers, no more watchers, the vampires have turned into things in the darkness. Fray must find her true calling as the slayer. It’s amazing and certainly worth a read. Fray even has an arc in season 8 of Buffy.
A Buffy Trilogy
if I were Fox, I would have start with us catching up with Buffy and the gang and straight up do as much of the season 8 comic or they could start completly fresh.
Then, maybe they are all torn apart and with the disappearance of Xander, his wife, Dawn Cage, has to reconnect with her sister and Willow and go find Xander. They all end up in the future, where they meet Fray. They then get thrown into the past and Xander gets kept in the past, about 30 years before the first slayer is created. Xander then gets old and realizes he's the one that has to start the line of slayers.
Here’s Fox’s Upcoming Schedule:
Eddie the Eagle - February 26, 2016
The Other Side of the Door - March 11, 2016
Keeping Up with the Joneses - April 1, 2016
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates - July 8, 2016
A Cure for Wellness - September 23, 2016
Why Him? - November 11, 2016
Hidden Figure - January 13, 2017
The Mountain Between Us - February 10, 2017
Mother/Daughter - May 12, 2017
Deadpool - February 12, 2016
X-Men: Episode VI - Apocalypse - May 27, 2016
Wolverine 3 - March 3, 2017
Independence Day: Resurgence - June 24, 2016
Assassin's Creed - December 23, 2016
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - December 25, 2016
Maze Runner: The Death Cure - February 17, 2017
Kingsman 2 - June 16, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes - July 14, 2017
Murder on the Orient Express - November 10, 2017
The Greatest Showman on Earth - December 25, 2017
Alien / Predator Universe:
Alien: Covenant - October 6, 2017
Kung Fu Panda 3 - January 29, 2016
Trolls - November 4, 2016
Boss Baby - March 10, 2017
The Croods 2 - December 22, 2017
Larrikins - February 16, 2018
How to Train Your Dragon 3 - June 29, 2018
Ice Age: Episode V - Collision Course - July 22, 2016
Ferdinand - April 7, 2017
Anubis - March 23, 2018
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