Original writer Joss Whedon not involved - fans outraged
Warner Bros have announced their plan to make a new Buffy The Vampire Slayer film – without the involvement of original writer Joss Whedon or any of the original cast.
New Buffy writer Whit Anderson spoke to the LA Times about her vision for the makeover.
“The thing that was so wonderful about Buffy is what made it special was so timeless,” she said. “The deep struggle she had with duty and destiny, that tug between what you’re supposed to be doing and what you want to be doing.
“The fate of the world is on her shoulders but some days she wakes up and she just doesn’t want to do it. And are we doomed and destined to love someone? That conflict was very interesting to me.”
Fans of the original TV show are up in arms about the planned reboot, describing the remake on social networks like Twitter as “cynical”, “shameless”, and the lack of Whedon‘s involvement as “disgusting”.
Whedon, who is now working on Marvel Pictures‘ The Avengers film, wrote the screenplay for the original 1992 Buffy The Vampire Slayer film and created the TV series that ran from 1997 to 2003.
The producer of the Buffy film, Charles Roven, disagrees with the fans’ stance. He described Whit’s take on the concept as “pretty compelling and a lot of fun, and it’s interesting to see all of this re-imagined. This is a completely new reboot… it needs to be relevant to today”.
Whedon‘s fans are notoriously devoted to the writer’s work – petitioning and succeeding in convincing Universial Pictures to make Serenity, a feature-length film version of the Whedon‘s cancelled post-Buffy TV show Firefly in 2005.
Upon hearing news of the remake Whedon commented: “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.”