November 23rd, 2010
11:17 AM ET
Joss Whedon has mixed emotions about 'Buffy' reboot
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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Oh please, Joss fed off the carcasses of beloved stories from our youths – the whole vampire/vampire slayer thing had been done 100 years ago. He didn't invent it. He just put the characters in high school.
I forgot to mention Joss is doing the "The Avengers" re-boot! So he's feeding off the carcasses of those beloved comic characters! Hypocrite.
I love buffy, I cried when Buffy ended. Both times. However, I cant stand the thought of it being redone. The originals have changed too much as actor/tresses to resume their roles and anything Buffy related without Joss' writing involved would just be a poor knock off.
Sure, Buffy gets remade, the A Team gets remade, Batman is re-done ever two years YET Cop Rock is still untouched. grumble.
I am a die hard Buffy fan ...no remake will ever be as good as the TV series with Sarah Michelle Gellar, cast and Joss.
@Cece- I also agree that nothing can capture what the original cast of the show brought to the table but since NOTHING is happening with the series beyond the comic I’m kind of glad. People put this stipulation on a remake that it somehow TARNISHES the original. I’m sorry but I consider the Movie and TV Series able to stand on their own, I don’t correlate the two just like I don’t see the new A Nightmare on Elm Street as part of the original series. Two whole separate things though based on the same thing.
Maybe that’s just me, I can compartmentalize it and take it for what it is. I won’t let the new one (if it sucks) ruin what I love about the originals.
I actually loved the 1992 movie. Never got into the series. I thought the humor was great in the film. It's almost like a cult classic. If they keep the humor in a "remake", I'd love to see the movie! Hopefully Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry can make appearances in the film as cameos.
Jillmarie ... maybe the producers could jump in a lake...
You actually liked the FILM.???? Sorry, don't get it. Even as a die hard Buffy fan, the film is difficult to watch... in a bad way....
@k13-Umm… Joss wrote BOTH the movie AND the show… so how you can like one and not the other is beyond me.
What about me?
Bonezzzz is almost over....................
Oh, please! If anything needs to come back, it's "Firefly!!!"
He is starting to look like those uber-vamps in the last season.....
How dare U!
More like the Mayor from Senior Year.......
Why not Betty White?
Have her fight the geriatric vampires?
Has Josh run out of fresh ideas?
@Gellar – Josh who? Or did you mean JosS? Cuz if you did you need to re-read the article. Joss has nothing to do with this new movie project.
Sadly, it isn't the story of Buffy that this new group is passionate about.
They are passionate about the piles of money they imagine getting their grubby little fists on.
it is had to imagine a project more doomed to lose huge gobs of cash than a Buffy remake without Joss Whedon.
But Warner Brothers has decided that setting fire to their stash and watching it burn would be more fun than making a good move.
Vaya con Diablo, losers.