Crikey. You go to bed one night, wake up again in the morning, and the Internet seems to have suddenly melted. We’re talking about the confirmation that Warner Bros is planning to reboot Buffy The Vampire Slayer, with a new feature film. It’s fair to say that, with some justification, this has not gone down well.
This isn’t entirely new information, of course. It had been revealed some time back that there were plans to go back to the original 1992 movie of Buffy The Vampire Slayer for a new film, but that seemed to have died a death. Or maybe most of us hoped that it had.
However, Buffy is returning to the big screen, and we now know who the driving forces between the project are. For the reboot is coming through Atlas Entertainment, the company of Charles Roven, who produced The Dark Knight. And he’s hired screenwriter Whit Anderson to pen the screenplay for the new film.
Let’s let each of them have their say.
First up, it’s Roven, who declared that “Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy. There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return to the big screen. We’re thrilled to team up with Doug [Davison] and Roy [Lee] on a re-imagining of Buffy and the world she inhabits.
Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be.”
Next up, over at Hero Complex, the fine folks there had a quick chat with Anderson, where she said that “I didn’t really watch much television at all, but I always watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, that was the one show I would watch when I got home.
I just loved this character. I was the same age as Buffy and it was so rare to have a female lead character on TV in those days who was strong and capable and smart but also allowed to be feminine.”
Now, we should state up front that this might all go to plan, and a terrific movie might spit out of the other end of all of this. But we’re still going to go right ahead and say it: this is, surely, a terrible idea.
Firstly, you’ll probably have noticed that we’re no longer talking about the 1992 movie. Instead, the focus is very much on Joss Whedon’s terrific television series, which appears to now be being used as the template of sorts for the new film.
Secondly, the absence of Joss Whedon is pivotal. Granted, Whedon has always shown disinterest in getting involved in any kind of Buffy reboot, but it appears that it’s gone on with no input from him whatsoever in it. It’s, surely, a bit like making a cake but without any eggs. Or butter. Or groovy icing for the top of it.
Thirdly, and appreciating this is a common complaint, but Buffy is hardly crying out for a reboot, is it? Throw in the fact that 144 episodes were made, covering an awful lot of story, and it’s tricky to find too many compelling tales yet to be told. And it’s not like they were told badly, is it?
For the last word, though, it seems appropriate we should bring you Joss Whedon’s considered response to the news.
Whedon, who’s preparing to direct Marvel’s upcoming The Avengers movie, said to E! Online that “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.”
He went on to say that “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”.
We’re sighing with you, Mr Whedon.