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Joss Whedon reacts to Buffy remake
Joss Whedon is not attached to the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer remake. I repeat, it has absolutely nothing to do with him. Okay, so not absolutely nothing. He did make Buffy a house hold name once upon a time. In 1992 the film debuted with Kristy Swanson as the blond monster killer. It was written by Whedon and directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui. Then, in ’97, Whedon created the cult television series tarring Sarah Michelle Gellar. But now “Warner Bros. has picked up the movie rights to the remake,” according to THR. And that remake does not include Whedon on the creative team.
Despite grumbles from Whedonites world-wide, the remake has the green light. Is there any good news? Well, Kuzui, director of the original, is returning to direct the reboot. Oddly enough, however, the script that has initiated the project is penned by Whit Anderson, an actress. Charles Roven and Steve Alexander of Atlas Entertainment are producing the Buffy remake and Rove released, teasingly, “while this is not your high school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be.” That’s all well and good, but how does all of this make Joss Whedon feel?
THR confirmed that in an E! online’s exclusive interview, Whedon said, “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, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.” I hope all our readers caught the sarcasm in there. Avengers belongs to Marvel. It isn’t an original Whedon creation. Some would say there are no original ideas anyway.
Injecting even more humor into the situation, and proving he’s a good sport, the geek god went on to comment, “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. I can’t wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill. I can, however, take this time to announce that I’m making a Batman movie. Because there’s a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you. …Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.”