Hear that? It's the sound of Buffy the Vampire Slayer die-hards pumping their fists in rage. Or wait, is that just here in our office?
After years of fans hoping Joss Whedon's incarnation of the Buffy-verse might make it to the big screen, Warner Bros. has just offically announced they're doing a "reboot" version of Buffy, without any apparent involvement by the original creative team for the movie or TV show, including the man considered the end-all be-all Buffy mastermind, Whedon.
So what do these movie people have to say for themselves?
"There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character's return to the big screen," says Charles Roven, who will be producing the feature film through Warners and Atlas
Entertainment. "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."
According to Warner Bros.' release, Roven, Steve Alexander, Doug Davison and Roy Lee will produce the new Buffy feature film,and Whit Anderson will write the script.
Who is Whit Anderson? Apparently a huge Buffy fan who pitched Roven the idea, and the deal was made: Warner Bros. Pictures optioned the rights from directors Fran and Kaz Kuzui, and from Sandollar Productions (Sandy Gallin and Dolly Parton), who did the original movie version (pre-TV's Buffy). Roven and Alexander are behind films such as Dark Knight and Get Smart, plus TV's sadly canceled Rubicon; Davison and Lee worked on How to Train Your Dragon and quite a few horror films.
No word yet on whether any original castmembers will take part in the new Buffy film in any form, but Davison and Lee worked with Sarah Michelle Gellar on The Grudge, so maybe that's something?
Of course, the new movie could turn out to be genius, and a pitch-perfect homage to what TV Buffy fans loved so dearly from Whedon's version. But suffice to say, producers have a tall task ahead.
No word yet from Whedon or his camp.
What say you? Will you support this new Buffy flick at the box office? Can you resist? Hit up our comments.
Warning: If you're a Buffy fan, this will make you love Joss Whedon all the more. And will make the sting of today's news, even well, stingier.
After Warner Bros. announced today that they are moving forward with a Buffy the Vampire Slayer "reboot"—without the involvement of the iconic mastermind behind the TV series, Joss Whedon—I checked in with Joss for his reaction, and here's what he just shared with me via email:
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
Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.
Told ya. Just when you thought you couldn't fan out on him any more, Joss treats this potentially devastating news with class, heart and humor. Just the kind of writing that would serve, oh, I don't know, a major motion picture. Ahem.
If you missed the initial story earlier today, Warner Brothers is officially moving forward on a new feature film of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, having optioned the rights from the directors and production company of the original movie (starring Kristy Swanson). At this point, it's not looking as though any of the TV cast or creative team will be involved in the project. And a young writer named Whit Anderson (who says she loved Buffy when she was the same age as the character) is set to write the script. (Hence, the "Whit" and "Anderson" jokes above.)