How giddy does that headline make you? I can tell you it makes me super-extra-giddy!! The funniest, smartest and best writer or director on “Angel” not named Joss is Joss Whedon’s pick to write and direct a new “Spike” TV movie?? Fuck. Me.
The "Smallville" stint may not be the only work on The WB for [James] Marsters. Network head David Janollari says he would "gladly" do a TV movie featuring the Spike character if Marsters and "Buffy"/"Angel" creator Joss Whedon want to do one.
“I just got off the phone with someone who talked to Joss [Whedon] yesterday, who claimed that [the "Spike The Vampire"] project was very much on the front burner. Joss has never told me anything like that. He's checked with me twice, to see if I was interested. I said yes twice, and both times he's been very clear that this doesn't mean that anything's going forward, [he] just wants to have [his] ducks in a row.” – James Marsters
"I had lunch with Joss and he asked me if I wanted to write and direct some blonde vampire movie thing. Should I do it? (I of course said yes right off, still) Anything under 13 hours scares me. And anything over 13 hours... um. I got nothin'." – Tim Minear
Now, Whedonesque (rather irritatingly) does not reveal to whom Minear told this, or where the quote appeared, so I wrote Tim and asked after its legitimacy. Mr. Minear’s reply:
Yeah, that's me. Probably shouldn't have said anything, but what the hell. You're behind this somehow, aren't you?