‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ reboot set to be scrapped

Reports say that the project has been halted after the script was rejected by producers

Plans for a new full length film version of the cult TV show Buffy The Vampire Slayer have been put on hold.

A Hollywood reboot of the much loved comic and TV series has been in development for some time, but the project has now been put on ice after screenwriter Whit Anderson, a relatively inexperienced writer, who had been given the job of reinventing Joss Whedon’s series about a teenage vampire slayer, has been dropped from the project after delivering a script that “fell far short of expectations and, in the end, was rejected completely”, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

According to the report, a new writer is being sought to take the project forward, but producers are also thought to be giving serious consideration to shelving the whole project.

Both Joss Whedon and Sarah Michelle Gellar, who portrayed the show’s heroine during its successful run from 1997 to 2003, have hit out at the idea of the series being resurrected.

Whedon, who is currently working on The Avengers, said when it was announced that a reboot was in the works: “This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths, just because can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.”

Gellar said: “I think it’s a horrible idea. To try to do a ‘Buffy’ without Joss Whedon, I mean that’s, like, honestly, to be incredibly non-eloquent: that’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”