On the new Buffy movie, Whedon said
“I believe [the producers] did ultimately reach out to my agent after the news broke, I think that’s something
better left untouched by me. So, I wish them luck.”
If the movie goes forward as planned, don’t expect to see acclaimed Whedon creations Angel, Spike, Xander or Giles involved in the plot line – but luckily for hardcore fans of the Buffyverse, you can continue following their adventures in the well-received “Buffy” comic books from Dark Horse, as well as the “Angel” series from IDW Publishing.
Also, Joss is two weeks into breaking stories for Dollhouse’s second season, and we’re happy to report that he sounds like a happy man even without that season 1 budget. Whedon wrapped his top-secret horror film The Cabin in the Woods on May 29 and hit the Dollhouse writers’ room on June 1.
“I just wanted to die of tiredness, About two hours after starting to talk to the writers about story, I was back with such a vengeance, and so energized and so pumped because we really understand the show now. We understand what works, and what didn’t work so well or what we weren’t so thrilled
about. We don’t have the onus of trying to be a big hit sitting on our shoulders. We can just be ourselves. And so the stories we’re breaking are pure, and exciting, and everybody’s on-board in the room, and it’s never flowed better.”
What does that mean for Season 2?
“I’m really proud of the second half of season 1, and we’re just expanding on that in a huge way: Finding out the different things that Eliza [Dushku] can be, at the same time as extending our mythology. Really, just every meeting is like, ‘What’s the most fun we can have with this actor?’ about the whole cast. All I can say — ’cause I’m gonna be Mr. Un-Spoiler — is that we’re having a crazy amount of fun, and usually, that tends to translate onto the screen.”
Speaking slightly spoilery, Whedon says that season 2 won’t pick up right with “We’ve got to find Alpha!” but a little bit later. Alan Tudyk has a role on ABC’s midseason series V, but Whedon hopes he’ll be able to use the character sparingly:
“Alpha will always be a part of the equation.” Whedon’s also hoping to work out a similar loan with the producers of ABC’s Happy Town, who nabbed Amy Acker, aka Dr. Saunders/Whiskey.
Whedon says that Echo’s last word in the finale, “Caroline,” was the beginning of her season 2 quest.
“Echo wants to find not just Caroline, but what’s going on behind everything. She doesn’t have all of the skills. [Laughs] But she does have this weird super power of becoming a different person all the time, so she might start using that more specifically to find out who Caroline was and what happened to her and why this place exists.” So she still has all those past imprints in her? “Well, they’re supposed to have wiped them out of there. But we’ll see how well that went…”
Summer Glau hasn’t signed on for any episodes of Dollhouse yet.
“We’re still breaking the episodes,” Whedon says, “but we didn’t honestly go into the season going, ‘Now how can we figure out how to service Summer?’ when we already have a huge ensemble. I adore Summer and she’s phenomenal, but I have to service the cast I have first. If something comes up that’s good enough, my God, I’d hound her. But the rumors of her becoming a big part of the show are greatly exaggerated.”