BBC Tells Joss "Ripper" Isn't Dead Yet

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Given up hope for that Buffy spin-off focused on Giles?

Joss Whedon says while the project has been in moth balls of late, it’s not dead yet.

“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.” Whedon says.  ”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.”

So while it’s not necessarily going to start up tomorrow, there is still a glimmer of hope for the series.

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