Joss Whedon Passed on the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Reboot

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Earlier this month, it was announced that Warner Bros. bought the rights to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and hired Whit Anderson to reboot the franchise in her screenwriting debut. This news led to internet outrage that Warner Bros. was going through with a Buffy film without involving Joss Whedon in any way whatsoever in their plans.  Whedon released a statement, saying

“I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death.  But, you know, AFTER.  I don’t love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I’m also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly.”

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Whedon was reportedly approached about the Buffy reboot, but he passed.  Read why after the jump.

buffy_the_vampire_slayer_cast_01I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who thought Whedon’s statement, combined with all the news we know so far about the upcoming Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, made the people behind this film seem like clueless idiots.  I mean, how could they make a Buffy film and not involve Whedon at all?  That’s why I’m a bit surprised to learn that Whedon was actually approached about the film after all.

According to Heat Vision, Whedon was approached last year when Fran Rubel and Kaz Kuzui, the rightsholders, began developing the remake.  Whedon decided to pursue other projects.  This decision makes sense, though, when your next project is The Avengers.

After Whedon passed, the producers began searching for writers for the film.  They eventually decided on Whit Anderson, who “came up with a take on the Buffy myth that was strong enough after a couple of drafts to lure Atlas, which partnered with Vertigo to set it up at a studio.” It’ll be interesting to see how much Anderson’s take differs from Whedon’s beloved take on the character and the universe he created, since she is now treading on some sacred geek ground.

I’m personally a bit disappointed that Whedon is not involved in the upcoming reboot/remake.  I understand his reasons for deciding to focus all his energy on The Avengers instead.  But I can’t help but wish that Whedon would’ve taken on at least a sort of “godfather” role on the film, or served as a producer.




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  • Alex

    Just as I thought and predicted. Whedon is a controlling whiny crybaby who abandoned Buffy.

    • Andrewbest17

      yeah he abandoned buffy thats why he currently writes the buffy season 8 and is planning a season 9 for the universe he created cause he abandoned it.

      • Dogg

        Not to mention he continued the story of Angel in comic book form after it was canceled by the network. Then there’s the whole Serenity thing–pulling a successful movie out of the ashes of a canceled series against all odds. Whendon abandons nothing–just too many idiots want to watch Jersey Shore type sh*t instead of good storytelling.

      • Alex

        Anyone can scribble a storyline and some comic dialogue, it takes alot more effort to reboot a well loved and influential series.

        He left Buffy to hang. His whiny letters says as much.

      • http://twitter.com/grapenutsrbt Jim Goff

        Seriously? “Anyone can scribble a storyline and some comic dialogue”….
        Sorry, but you’re a moron.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t feed the trolls.

  • Anonymous

    Did he think the studio would have some kind of inegrity and not do it if he wasn’t involved? How naive.

  • Phoenix

    Maybe he didn’t want his name attached to it in any way which is why he doesn’t want anything to do with it. Give the treatment by various studios over the years, a la “Firefly” and “Dollhouse” I’m not suprised he is deciding to focus on the Avengers with Marvel

  • http://twitter.com/TheNickelEye NickleEye

    What I don’t get is why does this have to be a reboot? I understand that the series is Whedon’s baby and it may be tough to get the cast (namely Geller) involved if he wasn’t, but if he truly wasn’t interested why couldn’t they take a shot a making a Geller/Buffy movie without him. It seems ludricrous that we can still get X-Files films made 15yrs later with the original cast when the enthusiasm for that franchise has disapeared but they need to reboot something that has passionate fans and new canon everyday . . . oh wait I forgot, this isn’t about making a movie for Buffy fans it’s about making a movie for Twilight fans . . . man this is not gonna end well . . .
    (if you would like to see more of my thoughts please check out my blog http://www.nickel-eyenews.com/ )

  • http://twitter.com/gimmesumsuga Mathieu David

    I think we can infer from this decision that Whedon was happy with his definitive version of his creation – the TV series – and didn’t want it to be scrapped and started all over again from the beginning. If they had approached him about continuing the series or making a spinoff movie from the series, I’m sure he would have been interested. I can’t believe these idiots are just going ahead with it without him anyway.

  • Irastev

    Of course he declined their ‘offer’. If it wasn’t insulting enough that they wanted to capitalised on his creation, they wanted to capitalise on his very name.

    This ‘reboot’ may go against the current Hollywood trend of making a soulless mess out of people’s beloved properties (The Last Airbender, anyone?) and end up being brilliant, but they will have to do it on their own, without his name as a springboard.

  • Irastev

    Of course he declined their ‘offer’. If it wasn’t insulting enough that they wanted to capitalised on his creation, they wanted to capitalise on his very name.

    This ‘reboot’ may go against the current Hollywood trend of making a soulless mess out of people’s beloved properties (The Last Airbender, anyone?) and end up being brilliant, but they will have to do it on their own, without his name as a springboard.

  • Anonymous

    Why’s this news again? Whedon publicly stated last year he didn’t want to work with the Kuzuis again. Short memories in the entertainment journalism world.

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