The PR Guru

November 23, 2010

Will not including Joss Whedon in the reboot of Buffy be the worst publicity error ever and was Vicky Entwistle’s attack on a fan really called for?

The news that is shocking the world today is that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is being made into a movie, without the help of Joss Whedon.

Warner Bros. have offically announced they’re doing a reboot version of Buffy, without any apparent involvement by the original creative team for the movie or TV show.

“There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return to the big screen,” says Charles Roven, who will be producing the feature film. “Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high-school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be.”

According to Warner Bros., Roven, Steve Alexander, Doug Davison and Roy Lee will produce the new Buffy feature film,and Whit Anderson will write the script.

No word yet on whether any original castmembers will take part in the new Buffy film, but Davison and Lee worked with Sarah Michelle Gellar on The Grudge.

Of course, the new movie could turn out to be perfect for the fans, but the producers are going to have to make sure they get their PR right.

More film PR news today, is that a film director in Kazakhstan has shot a sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat in a bid to improve the country’s image.

The movie Borat follows an uncultured journalist from the country who travels to the US where he pursues the actress Pamela Anderson (who was herself recently been seen in the ‘Bigg Boss 4’ House where she learnt Hindi words and expressed an interest to do a Bollywood movie). It outraged people in Kazakhstan and was eventually banned in the country.

So the sequel My Brother, Borat hopes to counter balance the country’s image.

Following the success of the original Borat movie which made £150 million at the box office, it is believed the sequel will also be a huge success when it is finally released next year.

In other news, the husband of Coronation Street actress Vicky Entwistle, who plays Janice Battersby, has been found guilty of attacking a fan (by punching him on the face) who was seeking a picture on a train.

The 23 year old fan was knocked unconscious by Andrew Chapman, a black belt in karate, who had denied common assault.

Ms Entwistle said she was intimidated by the approach, which had sparked her decision to quit the soap.

The defendant claimed the fan looked menacing and had lurched at his wife while they travelled home on a train from Manchester after a beer festival on 12th April.

Ms Entwistle told the court it was the first time she had used public transport for 13 years because of unwanted attention from people who recognised her from the programme.

Chapman, who is paid £200 a week to look after the couple’s home, was convicted of common assault and fined £1,250.



  1. i suddenly feel really, really bad for Whit Anderson. if this project does go forward, poor woman’s gonna be getting buckets of hate mail.

    Comment by Redhead — November 23, 2010 @ 3:15 pm | Reply

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