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Joss Whedon Not Very Happy About 'Buffy' Reboot

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 23, 2010 4:51 AM
8 Comments
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Yesterday, to the dismay of fans still clinging to the nostalgia of a television series that ended seven years ago and a movie that was released nearly two decades ago, Warner Bros. announced plans to reboot "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" with no mention of the series creator Joss Whedon.

E! contacted the writer/director for his thoughts on the new 'Buffy' and needless to say, he was not pleased. He called the venture "a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths." "I don't love the idea of my creation in other hands" he said, adding that "there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly." Showing off his sense of humor, regarding the hiring of writer Whit Anderson to pen the new project he said, "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.'"

We frankly don't really care about this but lots of people do and it probably would have been in Warner Bros.' best interest to reach out to Whedon to get his input and give his blessing to the talent they do bring on board. Because really, without the support of the diehard Buffyverse fans, the project will have about as much appeal as a "Veronica Mars" movie to mainstream audiences (oh wait.....) You can read Whedon's full response after the jump.

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.

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8 Comments

  • Dan | August 24, 2011 1:46 AMReply

    They should let Joss Whedon produce and direct with the original buffy cast or at least Sarah michelle gellar and David Boreanaz

  • Mick | December 28, 2010 9:07 AMReply

    EPIC FAIL thatJoss and Mutant Enemy are not involved with this... Not only Will i not see this, but will dissuade all my Buffyverse friends that are not aware of this to also Boycott/avoid the movie... Joss Whedon=Buffy=Shiny=<3

  • swell | November 23, 2010 11:41 AMReply

    Whedon is both being sarcastic AND against the reboot, as he stated in other interviews the first time this story cropped up a few months back. He's just smart enough to not want to come off like a hypocrite, as well as knowing that the vast majority of fans do not want this.

    Swing by any of the non-"fanboy" sites and read some comments... Deadline had nearly 100 comments posted on this topic as of early this morning, with only a few (10 or fewer) stating any support for this project and all of those with reservations involving the lack of involvement from Whedon.

  • Starway2001 | November 23, 2010 7:46 AMReply

    Whedon's stock-in-trade is feeding off the carcasses of his youth is the point I think he was trying to make.

  • bonzob | November 23, 2010 6:40 AMReply

    Yesterday I was amazed at all the fanboys completely missing the sarcasm in Joss's statement. Today I'm more amazed that the usually on the ball Playlist seemingly missed it as well.

  • andre barbosa | November 23, 2010 6:10 AMReply

    Whedon is kidding all along is answer. Only a stupid journalist (!) could write this title and article. Do you know what sarcasm is?

  • Greg | November 23, 2010 5:58 AMReply

    While I think Joss Whedon is clearly a little miffed about a Whedonless Buffy in the offing, I think you're misrepresenting his position a bit by only quoting this: “a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths.”

    This is clearly a tongue-in-cheek exaggeration (of perhaps a real sentiment) that Whedon immediately and deliberately undercuts by acknowledging his role in the Avengers movie.

    To be fair (to you), you do provide the entire quote, so people who click through will get the proper context.

  • calid | November 23, 2010 5:15 AMReply

    IF SARAH MICHELLE GELLER IS NOT IN THIS THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO FAIL EPPICALLY AM I WRONG ?? OR RIGHT ??? ...........

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