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Joss Whedon's Short 'n Sweet Response to the Buffy Reboot

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June 12, 2009
Source: Entertainment Weekly

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As you probably now know, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is bound for the big screen once again. As you probably also know, it's not going to have any connection to Joss Whedon's beloved original series. At all. And, as you can probably guess, this has caused quite the rift among Buffy fans. But it's Buffy. Whedon has to be involved somehow. Right? While talking to Entertainment Weekly, Joss Whedon had this to say of the upcoming reboot: "I believe [the producers] did ultimately reach out to my agent after the news broke. I think that's something better left untouched by me. So, I wish them luck." That's it, folks. Short n' sweet!

Don't fret, though. Catch your breath and think about it. While it's very possible that this reboot could hemorrhage and soak the seven seasons previous (well, eight, if you're into comics) in a watered-down, Twilight-era, poor-excuse-for-bloody satire shellac, obscuring all that was so fresh about Buffy in the first place, it's also possible that it just might be… good. Stay with me. Think about how up-in-arms you were when you first heard J.J. Abrams would tackling Star Trek. Abrams, a guy who admitted to not even being a Trek fan. Abrams, a guy who was scoffed at, a guy who terrified Trekkers throughout the Alpha Quadrant. A guy who, we were convinced, would turn Trek into Wars and erase all knowledge of Treks previous.

Well, it just so happens that all of those things came true - and it's exactly what Star Trek needed. Buffy is incapable of growth without some new blood. Whedon's has gone stale. This is a good thing - well, it has the capacity to be a good thing. At the very, very least, this reboot is sure to make Whedon some money. Money that he can then invest in himself, in the second season of Dollhouse, or, dare I say, in a completely new series that'll air on Fox, Friday nights at 9. And in that, I'm sure all of you Whedon fans can take solace. Right? If not, well, don't say we didn't warn you when you get that smile on your face watching the trailer.

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  • A remake for this series is a good idea. I never really cared for the idea of Sarah Michelle Gellar as a vampire slayer.
  • Joshi
    Yes, but the difference between Abrams and the Kukzies (yes, I got their name wrong, no I don't care enough to look it up) is that they already had a shot at a Buffy movie and it largely sucked. Abrams proved that he was a decent film maker with Mission Impossible 3. The Ku- those producers haven't proved themselves at all they did the Buffy movie and then nothing after that whatsoever. I honestly don't care that Whedon isn't involved or that it has nothing to do with the series, fine, distance yourself, try something new, it may be good, but, if I was told that someone like Guillermo Del Toro was doing a Buffy movie, I'd be right on board, Whedon or no. Those producers don't fill me with nearly as much hope. Least I'll still have the series.
  • Fuelbot
    Its not the same at all. Buffy worked because of the characters it created, and how they developed over time. Buffy was a marvel of character development. The Kuzuis, who apparently have no other franchises or ideas even, are apparently going broke, just looked at the times and said "Well, everyone else is rebooting." Seriously? What else have the Kuzuis produced since the Buffy movie? I don't even count them amongst the series, because that was totally Whedon's show. It won't be Buffy. It'll just be a hot girl killing vampires aka any horror movie. And thats fine, so here's a really simple question: Why not just call it something else? Seriously. Buffy fans aren't stupid. They won't accept it with Joss. Whedon's fans are legions and will boycott this to the ends of the earth. I'm glad to say I'm one of them.
  • Fuelbot
    Q: What else have the Kuzuis produced since Buffy? A: Orgazmo. In 1997. OHMYGODYES, BRANDON. I SEE IT NOW! This will TOTALLY be the next Star Trek!
  • WolfRamNHeart666
    They should make an Angel movie with Spike Cordy and the whole gang , they air that show here in the mornings at 6 and 7 a.m. and i must of seen every episode 4 times and its kinda cool to have some dark entertainment first thing in the morning b4 work with coffee :D. Prob never happen but oh well...
  • w00t!!!
    Angel was a lot better than Buffy, especially in the later seasons. I didn't care for his son some, but interesting curve ball. Never the less...Abrams should die and go to hell for all his crap and so should...the K people. What's with their name? Trek could have been refreshed without spitting on people's nostalgic memories.
  • zach
    twilight killed vampires for me :p
  • WolfRamNHeart666
    Ya i was never really much of a buffy fan except for the video game on the xbox , i tried watchin it some to get more backstory on spike an angel but its not as cool . Ya Conner was kind of lame in a way , a bit of a whiner in the beggining but he got better toward the end seasons. lol geez woot i thought i was the only 1 who watched Angel haha.
  • I have to disagree with the Star Trek comparison. The reason why I adore the Buffy universe has little to do with the concept, but more with the execution. The writing. The characters. None of the characters from the tv show (save for Ms. Summers) were in the original movie - they were all Whedon's design. And if people want more of Buffy, it's there. The comics have been seriously fantastic - any fan of Buffy or Angel should seriously look them up. I see Whedon's lack of involvement a sign to steer CLEAR AWAY from this impending disaster.
  • WolfRamNHeart666
    Yo Mike i got that vibe too , he prob saw the rough draft and new . Cool i never knew Angel was goin strong in comics i'll have to check it out.
  • They could change the movie title in BIFFY the vampire slayer - so maybe everybody can realize that Whedon is not involved in the new BUFFY movie. :-) But seriously the new moviemakers and writers have a chance to make a better Buffy version or a "good" Buffy version. Whedon is not the only guy with good ideas and talent. I hope it will be a great version. And I realize I still didnt watch the new STAR TREK movie...
  • luke
    hold on Alex most of the Star Trek movies was not great movies anyway J.J. Abrams whats the best person to direct a cooler and better Star Trek movie and he prove it i personally was not worried with J.J. Abrams directing the movie if he was not a Trekkie he has a good track record as a director. now for this Buffy Reboot Fran Rubel Kuzui have not proven shes any good as a director and the only movie she has produce instead of buffy is freaking Orgazmo. Fran Rubel Kuzui + Buffy Reboot = EPIC FAIL
  • SuicidalOptimist
    Fuck Buffy, I want more of Captain Reynolds and the Firefly crew! Sadly, with Wash and Book (who took the mystery that surrounded his character with him to the grave) dead in Serenity, that probably won't happen. Ever. =( Too bad. Best show ever.
  • Calum
    The thing is a lot of what worked about Star Trek was the old familiar characters being given new life. Essentially the idea of making a buffy movie without willow, xander and giles is absurd, why not just make a new movie? I cannot think of any concept or idea that would be interesting enough to shrug off Whedons universe that at the same time couldnt just be called something else. If its strong enough a concept it shouldnt need the buffy name to bring it to life. I would be fine with no involvement from Whedon, but none of his characters? None of what made buffy great in the first place? Very weird.
  • Chris
    I think Whedon is pretty smart to distance himself from it. The series wasn't a raging success because of the first movie but despite it. Not a great deal of reason to believe this one will be any different just because tinseltown has the remake/reboot bug.
  • blackgreensoul
    I agree with #7! Twilight killed vampires as much as Rob Zombie killed Michael Meyers.......
  • gon
    your augment would be valid if the star trek movie didnt suck the sweat from a dead mans balls
  • danielle
    i agree with 3 and please holly wood stop with the reboots the show hasn't even been off for 10 years yet. give it time Jeez i'm anoyed
  • Jackie
    This pisses me off... comparing Trek to Buffy is a little outrageous. Why bother taping into this so soon. If you want to make a remake so bad wait a LONG TIME, cause guess what, Buffy Fans are in season 8 right now, and I for one will NOT be apart of this ridiculous attempt to recreate what was amazing created by JOSS. No more to say. Save you money for a "new idea", not a fucking remake.
  • Kelly
    This is just greed, plain and simple. The Kuzees, Kazuees, ah hell, whatever they're called, are simply talentless Hollywood hacks. There are too many fond memories of tv Buffy out there for this film to succeed. Really, the only reason for a new movie is to try to tap into the wallets of the millions of Buffy fans. By which I mean fans of the tv series and not the movie, because, let's face it, there are no fans of the movie. Unfortunately for Frank Krazee she does not seem to understand that she is only angering Buffy fans and that probably only one out of every ten fans will see the movie. Hardly enough for this movie to be a success. In one way, I'm glad about the film. It will totally prove that the Krapees are Hollywood nobodies. It will be the end of them forever (except for the "producer" credits they got on each Buffy episode).
  • Hsa
    I think that there is a vampire craze out there right now especially with the success of Twilight and True Blood. I looking forward to seeing this new flick.
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