Joss Whedon’s been busy delivering some of his creative talent to feature films these days, with The Cabin in the Woods, which he co-wrote, in theaters, and the upcoming Whedon-directed Avengers film set to hit theaters next month. When our own Eric Eisenberg spoke to Whedon earlier this month, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator told him he “absolutely wants” to go back to television.
Of course, there’s the matter of the time commitment that comes with such a venture, and his already busy schedule. But if he were to return to TV, would a Ripper series be a possibility? (Via Blastr) AV Club spoke to Whedon recently, and the subject of a Buffy spinoff series that focused on her once-watcher Rupert Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) came up, and apparently the idea for the spinoff hasn’t faded from Whedon’s mind.
Oh yeah, totally. [Laughs.] No, the thing about Ripper—the essence of it—is that the BBC came to me at one point like, “It doesn’t have to be Ripper. It can just be [Anthony Stewart Head], and there’s magic, and he’s Tony, cuz he’s awesome.” And that’s the thing: For some reason, he keeps getting sexier every year. That’s not happening to me! I’m like, “What are you doing?” And that story was always about a mature guy who’s lived, and about the choices he’s made. So you could make that now, or you could make it 10 years from now. And I’ve tortured Tony more than any other living human with, “We’re definitely gonna do this!” Because I thought we were. He’s working so much, though, I’d feel too guilty. But that’s the thing with Ripper: It doesn’t go away in my head because he’s still right for it, and he could still bring it.
I'd interpret the above as optimistically as possible in saying that it sounds like the idea is still out there and just maybe someday the stars will align and something could happen.
If I were making a TV wish-list, and being especially greedy in the process, I’d request two shows relating to the above mentioned ideas. The first would be something created by Joss Whedon, and starring Anthony Head. Whether that be a show about a man and some magic or something else (even something non-supernatural), I wouldn’t be picky there. It could seriously be a series of public service announcements and I’d watch with glee.
The second show I’d love to see would be Ripper: The Early Years. I’m, of course, flexible on the title there, but a series that explores the life of young-Giles during his adolescent/young-adult "Ripper days", when he was experimenting with dark magic would be especially interesting. Granted, this would mean someone else would have to play young-Ripper, but what a drama that story could make.
The above said, anything involving Head, Giles and Whedon on the small screen would be great. But with everything Whedon’s working on, including an upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and other film projects, not to mention an eventual sequel to Dr. Horrible, it may be a long time before we see any TV from Joss Whedon.