News circulated recently that Warner Bros. is planning to reboot the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ franchise by making a new movie without any involvement from creator Joss Whedon. This sounds like the worst idea in the history of all things ever. What worse way could there be to alienate a series’ fan base than by taking away the one thing that everyone loves most about it? Now, Whedon himself has spoken out about this fiasco. His response is predictably awesome.
So far, no director or cast have been announced for the reboot project. However, Warner has hired a young writer named Whit Anderson (who apparently says she was the same age as the character when the show aired) to pen the screenplay.
In an email interview with Kristin Dos Santos at E! Online, Whedon said the following:
Kristin, I’m glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film. 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.
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. Then I thought, “I’ll make a mint! This is worth more than all my Toy Story residuals combined!” Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?
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.
Shine on, you crazy diamond.
[via Topless Robot]