Buffy fans of the world, prick up your ears!  Joss Whedon announced at his Saturday Comic-Con 07 panel that he is “this close” to signing a deal with the BBC to create a 90 minute movie starring Anthony Head as Rupert Giles.

“Ripper” has been one of those mythic could-have-been spin-offs from the Buffyverse since the season 7 finale – alongside vapourware like Faith the Vampire Slayer and the Spike TV movie.  Of all the ideas out there, this is the one I really wanted to see happen.  Joss Whedon at the BBC, where he can be as sophisticated and quirky as he likes.  Let’s hope the money guys don’t fuck it up before everyone signs on the dotted line.

Best. Buffy news. Ever.

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