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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Movie May Be Officially Slayed

Fans who revere Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer can breathe a slight sigh of relief today. The screenwriter responsible for writing the Buffy reboot film has apparently done a terrible job! Does this mean the film is done for? Not quite, Slayers. 

Writer Whit Anderson’s script for Buffy the Vampire Slayer “fell far short of expectations” according to two sources close to the project. They say it was rejected completely, in fact.

“This is a sad, sad reflection on our times,” Whedon said last November when that deal was announced, “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.”

Even Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, who was not going to be involed in the new film either 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.”

Unfortunately, Hero Complex says a new writer is now being searched for but that doesn’t necessarily mean the film will still happen. “There also might be some healthy fear among the producers who witnessed a spasm of fan criticism when the project was first publicized,” they wrote.

“If you’re going to bring it back, you have to do it right,” one key player in the project told them. “[Anderson] came in with some great ideas and she had reinvented some of the lore and it was pretty cool but in the end there just wasn’t enough on the page.”

I don’t want to revel in anyone’s failure, I’m sure this was a bad hit for Anderson, but I’m glad for the significant road bump. We don’t need a Buffy reboot. Besides, I’m perfectly happy with the movie they already made.

(via Hero Complex)

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  • Adam R. Charpentier

    The comic book has been a decent continuation of the series and shows that the characters as depicted in the original show still have room to grow, change, and reveal themselves as interesting people very much worth following. If they were to film a Buffy movie, it should be with the original cast…

    …and it probably shouldn’t be done at all.

  • Anonymous

    Considering the Buffy series itself is the second incarnation of the Buffy franchise, I don’t think this “OMG, a new Buffy just hás got to suck”-attitude is warranted. At all. If two versions can exist, with fans on both sides (even if one side’s fanbase is significantly larger), than the franchise has already proven to be able to adapt and bring in new views. This should be embraced, not rejected out of some childish fear the new version will not be a clone of the previous version. 

    With all due respect, but the attitude coming from this article is incredibly whiny, arrogant and defensive where no attack is made.

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  • Mauricio Ariel Portnoy

    you my friend , have a good point but one little itsy bitsy detail about the movie and the series: those two ´´products´´ were made by the same person that thought and wrote the concept and the script and the lore and etc…

  • Francess Dunbar

    If Whedon wants to make a new Buffy movie, I’m all for it. It doesn’t even need to feature Gellar, Hannigan, Marsters, or Boreanaz.

    But Whedon has to make it.

  • Abel Undercity

    Back to development hell, foul creature!  May you never see the light of day!

  • Anonymous

    “We” is the problem here, because “we” is a stuck concept. The Buffy series is a fond memory to the people of a decade ago, but a show stops being relevant as soon as it is no longer on TV. People who would have seen it and enjoyed it if they would’ve gotten the same introduction to it as “we” are missing it because “we” are afraid our toy will get replaced in the eye of the public. But what if this new Buffy, *le gasp*, would be an effort to reach a new audience, a new fandom? Why aren’t they allowed the same ‘relevant to today’ kind of experience “we” had? “We” are not that important that “we”can demand that, methinks.

    Also, why does the original creator have to stay involved? The Storm comic book series is doing perfectly well even if Don Lawrence doesn’t write it anymore. The Suske en Wiske/Bob et Bobette series admittedly sucks nowadays, but the change didn’t occur with the change(s) in writer and some of my favourite albums are by later writers. With Transformers (and most Hasbro franchises), few series/films share writers but that doesn’t mean the new stuff is bad or even less. On the other hand, someone please get Lucas away from Star Wars. If a work is good and can inspire people, the original creator is not a necessity to maintain it. There may be some bumps along the road to discover what elements made the original/previous a success, but the joy can be reproduced (without being copied).

  • Alex P. Michaels

    “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.”

    Interesting quote seeing as how the Avengers movie isn’t completely out there but from the trailer it appears the Avengers will face the villain Loki (Thor’s brother). The idea of the Avengers facing Loki was told in the comics’ first issue.

    Still Mr.Whedon is talented and I am eager to see the movie but it hard to say the ideal is completely original especially when you have decades of comic history for the Avengers and are working with characters who have been around “forever.”

  • Anonymous

    Y’all realize Whedon was joking, right?  

  • Wulfy

    Kill it! Kill it with fire!

  • Anonymous

  • Life Lessons

    Hey I have an idea!! Why don’t you hire that Joss Whedon guy? 

  • Carmen Sandiego

    Since Buffy was a film (written by Joss and horribly mangled by those who took over) and the series had a successful run for years and years, I guess this would be like somebody rebooting “Friends”.  Bad show to use to compare to Buffy, but iconic in its own way.  It just doesn’t make sense considering the success of a television show less than a decade gone to really consider a movie reboot.  Also, if Joss isn’t doing it most of the original fans of either the movie or the show will refuse to see it (this from a sampling of both my friends and random people at DragonCon).

  • Cindy

    Buffy is Whedon’s baby I doubt he’s going to say yes to just anyone writing it. Looks like he’s willing to let someone else take over if they can manage a decent script. But that’s not happening, yet. 

    As long as the new writer(s) is competent and stays true to what makes this series great, which the movie, the tv show and the comics do, then I’m all for it. 

    Whedon could also do a Melaka Fray movie who is the next slayer a hundred years after Buffy. A Sci-fi slayer anyone? :)

  • Adam Whitley

    Not to mention the story won’t even be finished until the season 9 of the comic book ends. If someone wants to reboot a franchise they should at least wait until the creator is done with it.

  • Sammie Young

    Without Joss, there should be NO Buffy, but if they must, his previous works on the series should be considered PARAMOUNT to what a “modern remake” should be. Ignore that and well, quite frankly, your simply setting yourself up to fail. It just WOULD NOT be Buffy. If i must make a casting choice, it would be Haiden Penitiera or Laura Vandervoort as Buffy, and though i hear and plainly see why Megan Fox is a popular cannidate, and i have no issue with her acting, she should NOT be Buffy. I do see her as Faith The Vampire Slayer though. Add Rihanna as Kendra The Vampire Slayer, and Felicia Day as their quirky computer geek and future Wicca best friend Willow with Liam Nesome as their Watcher and teacher Rupert Giles, and you got a Buffy cast to start with. Sure wish Ryan Renolds was still in his 20′s. He’d been perfect as Xander. Ah, well. ’nuff said..

  • Anonymous

    Sadly it’s not up to Whedon who writes it. He doesn’t own the rights to the franchise. Thats why he said he can’t do anything legally except sigh audibly. He didn’t fire Whitman and he won’t have a voice in who they do choose – if they do eventually move forward with this project. Doesn’t look like they plan too, at this point. At least not with the original actors who played vamps- I mean vampires aren’t supposed to age and I’m sorry Spike fans (I love him too) but Marsters is aging and so is Boreanaz. At this point, I feel like the story would have to be a complete reboot, or a remake with some of the same actors having cameos, and their characters recast. I’m not excited about it, but it could happen.