“If the Apocalypse comes, beep me.” Buffy, we’re gonna need that beeper number STAT.
Warner Bros. has announced plans to remake the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” film with a new writer. Yes, you read that right. A writer who is not Joss Whedon. A new “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” film (because the first one was so revolutionary?). We’ll have our secretary file this under no-good, very-bad news.
]]>Whit Anderson. Who? Wait, you haven’t
heard of her? Neither have we. “I didn’t really watch much television
at all, but I always watched ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ that was the
one show I would watch when I got home,” Anderson tells the Los Angeles Times. “I just loved this
character. I was the same age as Buffy and it was so rare to have a
female lead character on TV in those days who was strong and capable
and smart but also allowed to be feminine.” We have a feeling fan
fiction writers everywhere are feeling a glimmer of hope in their souls
that they too will one day score a movie deal.
Charles Roven, one of the producers of “Batman Begins,” says his Atlas
Entertainment signed on after he read Anderson’s script and saw something special. The award for the most hilarious quote of the week belongs to Roven who
says, “There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this
character’s return.” Clearly, the man is not on Twitter.
There are so many reasons why this reboot is a horrible, wrong, bad (insert every word for awful here) idea, but we managed to cut the very long list down to the Top 5:
1. No Joss Whedon: The creator of the Buffy, slayer of the vampires, is not involved at all in the reboot, which makes our souls hurt. Last year, Whedon told EW, “I hope it’s cool.” Passive agressive retort for the win.
2. No Sarah Michelle Gellar: We’re sorry, but SMG is Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson, who?). Buffy Summers is SMG. We’d like to see any actress try and beat her in “The Body.”
3. No Scoobies: Since Warner Bros. optioned the rights
from movie creators Fran and Kaz Kuzui, fans can say goodbye to beloved characters like Xander, Willow, Giles, Angel, Spike, etc. There is no Buffy without her Scoobies and her maker, Joss. Period.
4. No need for a reboot: Who thought this was a good idea? Just because vampires have essentially taken over Hollywood? It doesn’t make it okay to take an iconic TV series, which was flawless, and have the audacity to reboot it. That’s like us deciding, “Hey, you know what the public really needs? A reboot of ‘Star Wars.'” No, just no.
5: No pedigree: If you are going to reboot a beloved TV series with a rabid fanbase, don’t further insult them by hiring a no-name to write the film. It’s a slap in the face. Cue rage blackout in 3…2…1…
UPDATE: Joss Whedon has responded to the news via e-mail to E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos and in true Whedon fashion, it’s the most wonderfully sarcastic thing we’ve ever read: