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  • The Spike Movie

    Flashback to 2006. What do Spike fans think the movie would have been about had it come to fruition?

    http://whedonesque.com/comments/8735

    Speaking of Darkhorse Comics, they are starting a new Buffy comic, and
    as I understand it, it will take place after the end of Buffy and Angel
    and be canon in the Buffy world. And I understand it that way 'cause I'M
    WRITING IT. I'm kicking off the book with a four issue arc that finds
    Buffy -- you guessed it -- living in Italy with The Immortal. (Scott --
    don't be mad I spoiled the announcement -- saying it means I have to
    finish it.) Then I'll be overseeing the book more closely, to make sure
    it remains true. Gonna be interesting. And it just might tie in to...

    The infamous Spike movie. Still haven't finalized anything, but I feel
    that very soon I'll be able to go to James and say something a lot more
    interesting than "Wouldn't it be cool if...

  • #2
    I'm rubbish at this sort of speculation. Was this supposed to follow after Chosen or after ATF?? Either way I suspect it would have been something similar to what we got in AtS or AtF in that the most obvious and cohesive continuation of Spike's story was to carry on with him finding his way and working out how he wanted to be a hero in his own terms (as in not just following Buffy and then later not just following Angel instead of Buffy). So I think anything that followed would have met that overall intent still, probably with something that seemed appropriately 'bad boy' mixed in like the LA gambling backdrop or some such, whilst he got some friends/a team together and a general threat was thwarted.

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    • #3
      *excuse to dust this old thing off again*



      Yeah I remember talk about that at the time, but I don't think It was taken all that seriously but then again it was a very long time ago now.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Silver1 View Post
        *excuse to dust this old thing off again*



        Yeah I remember talk about that at the time, but I don't think It was taken all that seriously but then again it was a very long time ago now.
        I think, had it been optioned, it was serious talk. I just can't for the life of me figure out a plotline that wouldn't be Angel Redux. Nor how it would come after the Buffy comic, unless Spike was meant to be in that comic. I really don't know if I've read any thoughts on it, either.

        Also I've been watching the HD remasters, thinking about the show but most things have been talked to death. Which is not to say this hasn't...

        ETA:
        Originally posted by Stoney View Post
        I'm rubbish at this sort of speculation. Was this supposed to follow after Chosen or after ATF?? Either way I suspect it would have been something similar to what we got in AtS or AtF in that the most obvious and cohesive continuation of Spike's story was to carry on with him finding his way and working out how he wanted to be a hero in his own terms (as in not just following Buffy and then later not just following Angel instead of Buffy). So I think anything that followed would have met that overall intent still, probably with something that seemed appropriately 'bad boy' mixed in like the LA gambling backdrop or some such, whilst he got some friends/a team together and a general threat was thwarted.
        It was meant to follow NFA. Jane announced there would be post-S7 comics in '04 and Joss said this a year later in '05. AtF didn't print until later 2007, long after the S8 we got was going.

        The only premise I think can think is Spike goes to Italy after S5, Buffy's got her own life going so he goes off on his own. But after that, I can't see a storyline.
        Last edited by HardlyThere; 27-12-19, 12:48 AM.

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        • #5
          This is some of the information I could find online :

          Spike was a proposed movie based on the character of Spike from Buffy & Angel. The existence of such a project is currently in question.

          Originally, the show was hoped to be made as a TV movie. However, it is possible that if the project is greenlit, it may be a DVD-movie.

          Production details
          After Angel was canceled in 2004, WB claimed an interest in Angel TV movies. However, it was soon revealed that summer, that David Boreanaz, who had already played the character for eight years on television, would only return to his character for a theatrical release.[1]

          In May 2004, James Marsters, the actor who had portrayed the character Spike, revealed that there might be a possibility of a Spike movie. [2] The same year he said that he would be willing to return to the Buffyverse if it were within five years. Beyond that five years, he feared that it would no longer be believable that Marsters was portraying an immortal character.[3]

          Since 2004, Whedon has worked on other projects, such as Serenity, Wonder Woman, and Goners. However, he has approached people and asked if they would be interested in participating in the Spike movie. He has said that Amy Acker would be a part of the movie, and if Alyson Hannigan was available she might appear.[4] Whedon has even mentioned he might interlink the Spike story with that yet to be told in Buffy comics he will be writing for Dark Horse in 2007.[5]

          Tim Minear revealed in late 2005 that “I had lunch with Joss and he asked me if I wanted to write and direct some blond vampire movie thing”. [6]

          David Janollari, president of entertainment at The WB said in January 2006 that "We'd love to do a Spike movie with Joss Whedon." However, he added that "Joss Whedon is busy, fast becoming a kind of a big feature filmmaker. He's simply not available to us. But he knows, and you guys all know, the door is open any time that he wants to do that, for us to do that movie."[7]

          Since then Whedon has continued to pursue the Spike movie, and find interested parties that would air and/or produce the film led by Minear, and starring Marsters and Acker. During March 2006, Whedon appeared on the UK TV Channel, MTV Screenplay, he announced he was still trying to get the Spike movie made.[8] In May 2006, outside the Saturn Awards, Whedon announced that he had pitched the concept to various bodies (which must include 20th Century Fox, since they own the rights to the fictional Buffyverse), but had yet to receive any feedback from those bodies.[9] Amy Acker said at a convention in May of 2006 that the Spike movie would not be happening: “I think its safe to say that’s not happening anymore, cause if they were, they’d be getting done right now. There was supposed to be three of them –- one for Spike, a Faith one and also one for Willow. I think it's safe to say that now because its not going to happen”.[10] In June 2006, Joss Whedon also said that funding was a problem: "There are certain characters I’ve been saving because I thought I might make movies about them, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. I think money is standing in the way".[11]

          Writing and acting
          Tim Minear would primarily write and direct with the support of Whedon.
          The cast would include James Marsters as Spike, Amy Acker as Illyria, and possibly Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg.
          Story and continuity
          Whedon has indicated that the comics would take place after "the end of Buffy and Angel", and indicated that the Spike movie would take place around the same time.[12]


          It should be said at the time I remember James Marsters was asked about it. He seemed to be learning more about from Interviewers and the fans than Joss or Tim Minear but when told about Amy Acker and Aly Hannigan, he was very specific. He respected both Actresses but he wanted to be the main Character and was tired of just being the side kick. Which is more than fair Imo
          Last edited by BtVS fan; 27-12-19, 07:45 AM.

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          • #6
            All caught up

            All said regarding writers, producers, actors, directors, viewers, readers, etc. are what I remember, my opinions, etc.





            * I remember the Spike movie was going to include Illyria simply because Illyria is a very popular character and Amy Acker could be gotten for relatively inexpensive.

            And that 20th Century Fox or the WB or whoever also wanted to do a Willow movie.

            Budget was a concern and probably much of that regards how much to pay James Marsters for a TV movie and/or direct-to-DVD movie.




            RESPONSES TO THE TREAD:


            * A Spike story would be easy to do. It’d simply depend on the budget and what story to tell. For example, you couldn’t do away with Buffy/Spike, Drusilla couldn’t be killed, etc.


            * James Marsters even today likely wouldn’t be Amy Acker’s ‘sidekick’ in anything.

            Alyson Hannigan outside of the Buffyverse is arguably a bigger star than James Marsters. Inside it, she isn’t—and she clearly knows it. James wouldn’t be threatened by Willow, and BtVS S7 had Spike has ‘Number 2’ in Buffy and Co.

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