Worst. idea. ever. – Buffy, Rebooted… WITHOUT Joss Whedon

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23 Nov 10

Buffy being remade

Buffy being remade

*sigh* we posted about this over a year ago, and I was hoping it would stay just a rumour. But unfortunately not…

The WB have announced they are ‘rebooting’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer – WITHOUT Joss Whedon.

Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Steve Alexander will produce the feature film alongside Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring, How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed). Whit Anderson is writing the script.

Okay… first major thing to piss me off in the official press release:

“Warner Bros. Pictures optioned the rights from creators Fran and Kaz Kuzui.”

NO. no no no NO NO. They were just the producers. Joss created the Buffy we all know and love. If fact, the one time Fran actually got to go anything ‘creative’ with the franchise was when she directed the original, and dreadful Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie (if your a Buffy fan and have never seen it, it really is fascinating to see Joss’s script mangled so appallingly.) Unfortunately, due to the deal that was made when that movie was green lit, the Kuzui’s retain the rights to resell Buffy…

Next bit from the official press release to annoy me:

“There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return to the big screen.”

Yes and no… We’d love to see Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy on the big screen, maybe continuing some of the awesome work Joss and the Mutant Enemy alumni have been doing on the comic books. What we’re not eagerly awaiting is someone to come along, unsanctioned by the show’s creator and rape its memory!

What Joss Says

See, all the ill will now pouring out from that ‘active fan base’ could have been easily avoided if someone had at least had a conversation with Joss about it, and try and get some sort of blessing from him. As you can tell by the following statements, Joss himself is less than impressed, saying “This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths – just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own…”

What the Cast Say

David Boreanaz's response on twitter to the news.

The ex-cast are also less than impressed with the news. Here’s a roundup of the cast comments from Twitter:

Eliza Dusku (Faith) says “Joss made the “Buffster” & w/out him… I just don’t trust the girl. Or the world.”

Juliet Landau (Drusilla) added “Buffy movie reboot without Joss. So uncool. :(“

Emma Caulfield (Anya) – “Buffy reboot? ahahahhaha..”

Amber Benson (Tara) had the rather more lighthearted “I told [Joss] that asking to play the title role would frighten the Studio Execs.”

Maurissa Tancharoen (wife of Jed Whedon, and co-writer of Dr. Horrible) – “Yet to comment on this Buffy reboot sans #Whedon because I can’t find the words. And the words I have so far are NSFW or for being a lady.”

David Boreanaz (Angel) also responded on twitter (see pic) when told by his Bones producer.

You can keep track of all the Whedon Alumni from Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse on Twitter by following this list.