It’s no secret that Joss Whedon keeps busy. He’s only juggling a bazillion projects and teasing us about at least a bazillion more. One of those “eventually” projects is a spinoff based on Watcher Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Take away my Whedon fan card if you must, but I’d never heard about this project before even though he’s apparently been talking about it since 2001.
The series would focus on Giles alone and lonely in England, dealing with the supernatural and occult. The title of the mini-series, or television show, or straight to DVD movie or whatever it is would be Ripper. That was young Rupert Giles’ nickname. Whedon brought it up in one of his many recent interviews:
“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.”
It sounds cool and goodness knows I’m a fan of Anthony Stewart Head. However, my new rule with Joss Whedon projects is not to hold my breath.