November 23rd, 2010
11:17 AM ET
Add "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to the long list of movies getting a Hollywood reboot – and add creator Joss Whedon to the long list of fans who aren't thrilled by the news.
Yesterday, E! Online reported that Warner Bros. was readying a revamp of the movie with writer Whit Anderson doing script duty. "While this is not your high-school Buffy, she'll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be," said producer Charles Roven.
But Whedon, who created the 1992 film starring Kristy Swanson and the 1997 series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, thinks the idea of bringing back the bloodthirsty characters kind of bites.
"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," Whedon said in a tongue-in-cheek statement to E!.
"Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this. My first reaction upon hearing who was writing it was, 'Whit Stillman AND Wes Anderson? This is gonna be the most sardonically adorable movie EVER.' Apparently I was misinformed," he said, adding, "But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?"
Ultimately, said Whedon, "I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER... 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."
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