Although Buffy fans recognize Joss Whedon as the man who wrote the original movie script, and created the classic TV show, Kuzui and her company Kuzui Enterprises have kept the rights since the start. The new Buffy movie will not include characters from the TV show from Willow, Xander, Spike to Giles and Cordelia. The idea is to create a new Slayer for the current generation, with a darker and more ambitious story that could create a franchise similar to Harry Potter or Star Trek. This may be similar to the Star Trek reboot, where JJ Abrams created a new Trekkie universe.
Visitors to Whedonesque have been debating the merits of a new Buffy movie, and whether it can be done without Sarah Michelle Gellar or anyone else from the TV cast.