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Faith the Vampire Slayer was intended as a show focusing on Faith.

Faith the Vampire Slayer is a proposed television show based upon the character of Faith Lehane as a spin-off series from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.[1] Tim Minear was behind the idea in 2003, but Eliza Dushku, who portrayed Faith on Buffy and Angel, would go on to star in the series Tru Calling instead.[2]

Tim Minear described the premise for the series:[2]

"The show was basically going to be Faith meets Kung Fu. It would have been Faith, probably on a motorcycle, crossing the earth, trying to find her place in the world. I'm sure it would get an arc at some point, but the idea of her rooted somewhere seemed wrong to me. The idea of her constantly on the move seemed right to be. And she broke out of prison so there would have been some people after her."

Minear said he came up with a pitch and Eliza was "gracious, kind and wonderful, but she felt like she wanted to do something new. There is no hard feelings there."[2] Eliza Dushku explained her decision:[1]

"The idea for the Faith spin-off just kind of came up in discussion because everyone really, I think, was feeling like this show's [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] going to end and there are all these fans who love it so much and who love these characters and so, if possible, how could we extend that? I just personally felt like... It would have been a really hard thing to do, and not that I wouldn't have been up for a challenge, but with it coming on immediately following the show, I think that those would have been really big boots to fill. I think it would have been compared to Buffy.
"And just in terms of me, I've played that character on and off for five years now and I've changed a lot and while the character of Faith changed when I came back because I've changed, I felt like maybe it was time to... I mean, I love Faith. She's my girl and she's been really good to me, but I kind of just wanted to try something else. Purely that, because it had nothing to do with me not trusting Joss [Whedon] and his team of writers, who I just think are amazing. Tim Minear and Drew Goddard and Marti Noxon and all these people, they're so talented and it had nothing to do with me doubting that they could make this show amazing, but I just... I don't know, sometimes you have to go with your gut, and my gut was telling me that I maybe needed to try something else that was just different."

According to editor Scott Allie, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight arc "No Future for You" (Part OneFour) had its early roots in Joss Whedon and Brian K. Vaughan talking about doing a Faith TV movie.[3]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sarah Kuhn, "An Interview with Eliza Dushku." IGN, May 28, 2003.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Femme Fatales, May/June 2003. Transcribed on EDtv Message Boards. Archived on October 19, 2006.
  3. Scott Allie, Slay the Critics. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #6. Dark Horse Comics, September 5, 2007.
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