Apparently Warner-Bros-incorporated-megacorp-supreme are thinking of rebooting Buffy the Vampire Slayer and ignoring the entire mythos developed by Buffy creator Joss whedon in the hallmark TV series. And why not? All you need is a scandily clad chick and some blood-sucking thingamajigs and you can get a handful of pre-teens of both genders as moist as a well-cooked Thanksgiving turkey in a matter of minutes. And that's what filmmaking is all about, right kids?
DarkHorizons has the details and E! online has the very funny response from Whedon himself:
"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 you.
Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon."
Dr. James South of the Marquette philosophy department has edited a fun addition to the "Philosophy of Popular Culture" canon focusing on Buffy the Vampire slayer. Check it out here at Amazon.com