Buffy the Animated Vampire Slayer?

Word of an animated Buffy the Vampire Slayer series first came out in 2001, when creator Joss Whedon announced that it was being developed for the Fox Kids Saturday morning lineup. For various reasons, the show never came together, but now it’s looking like it may get off the ground after all.

Actress Giselle Loren, who provided the voice of Buffy in the two video games, recently talked to Mediasharx.com about reprising the title role for a pilot episode of Buffy the Animated Series. She was reportedly joined in the audio booth by live-action Buffy cast members Alyson Hannigan (Willow), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) and Nicholas Brendon (Xander). There is no word on who will voice Buffy’s boyfriend, Angel, a role made famous by David Boreanaz in the live-action series and the spin-off, Angel.

Loren notes that the series hasn’t been picked up and that animation is still being completed. She also says there’s no guarantee that she will be cast in the starring role if it does get bought. Loren is the third actress to take up the cause of ridding the world of vampires as blonde cheerleader Buffy. Kristy Swanson originated the role in Twentieth Century Fox’s 1992 feature film, which spawned the WB television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Gellar took a pass on the animated series to focus on her film career. She will next appear in The Grudge, a remake of the Japanese horror hit, Ju-On.