In what has to be one of the dumbest moves of the 21st century, Warner Bros. has decided to “reboot” the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” franchise…sans its creator, Joss Whedon. Now, allow me to make it clear that “Buffy” and its spin-off, “Angel,” are among my favorite shows of all time. While I readily admit that much of Whedon’s other work has failed to excite me, his work on the Buffyverse is nigh perfection, in my opinion.
But it’s not the TV show they’re rebooting – nope, they don’t have the rights to that. They’re rebooting the 1992 movie, for which Whedon wrote the original script, which was ultimately defiled by others and turned into something that barely resembled what he had in mind. The movie, I might add, which was considered a critical and commercial failure.
The movie has only the smallest of fan bases, whereas the show has a huge cult following…and none of us has any desire to see anything Buffy-related that isn’t the brainchild of Joss Whedon.
Let’s make it plain – if Whedon isn’t involved, what you’re creating isn’t Buffy. You’re making a movie about a girl who fights vampires, and her name may even be Buffy, but it won’t have anything to do with “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” And in this modern era of “sensitive,” moody vampires, I fear what they’re going to do with the story.
Change her name, call her a “Hunter” or something, and you might be able to get away with it. Because one thing is pretty clear — you will definitely not be able to cash in on the Buffy fan base. Without Whedon, none of us will be running for the theaters on opening day.
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