Tuesday, May 26, 2009

News Filter: Remaking Buffy Without Whedon

  • What the hell is wrong with people? Over at Whedonesque, we get news that the original producers of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film want to reboot the franchise. Only, they haven't even talked to Joss Whedon about it. The story, for those adverse to link-clicking, is that Roy Lee and Doug Davison from Vertigo Entertainment approached Kuzui Enterprises (who own the rights to Buffy) about making a Star Trek style reboot of the property. They're talking with various writers about the idea, but Joss Whedon is not one of them. You know, the guy who created it all?

  • It is safe to assume that a non-Whedon Buffy film is a non-starter for the fanbase. Personally I'm not a Buffy fan, I'm a Joss Whedon fan. A film without his input would be openly antagonistic to people like me. The question is: will this movie be good enough to draw an audience that didn't care about Buffy before? Star Trek has proven that you can hit big even if the hardcore fans hate it sight unseen. We'll see if they can do the same here.

  • So far, Joss Whedon's reaction to the potential film is "I hope it's cool." Sometimes it helps to take a Zen view of things.

  • EDIT 06/23/2022: HOLY SHIT THIS POST DIDN'T AGE WELL AT ALL. Let's just say that I'm a little more open to new Buffy without Whedon attached than I used to be. Ahem.

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