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May 20th, 2018

Joss Whedon Turned Down Buffy the Vampire Slayer Remake

Remember how we all got mad (well, I didn’t) when word got out that that Warner Bros. is actually going forward with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot? How could they do this to Joss Whedon’s masterpiece! He must be pissed that they did this without his involvement!

Well, according to the Heat Vision Blog, Whedon actually was offered involvement in the reboot. Wisely, and thanks to all his time being taken up by The Avengers, he passed. The first time he tried to make a Buffy film with current rights holders Fran Rubel Kazui and Kaz Kazui the results were not very good.

Brendon Connelly at Bleeding Cool makes a good point for why Whedon would not want to get involved: he broke away from the Kazuis once to reinvent Buffy, so why would he return to them to re-reinvent it?

Like I said last time, I’m (morbidly) curious to see what screenwriter Whit Anderson and the other talent create from the same basic building blocks that Joss Whedon used. I’m pretty sure that the results will be more Twilight-like than any of us are comfortable with, but until then it’s okay to approach this with something vaguely resembling cautious optimism.

And if it sucks, who cares? There are way more episodes of Buffy the TV show than there will ever be bad Buffy movies. We should all be more interested in what new exciting work Joss Whedon is doing than what people who aren’t Joss Whedon are doing with his old franchises.


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