Screenwriter Joss Whedon has slammed plans to remake Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a feature film.
Warner Bros. plans to “reboot” Buffy in a film that is moving forward without him.
Charles Roven, one of the producers of Batman Begins, said of a script by writer Whit Anderson:
“Generally, I wouldn’t have said, ‘Let’s revive this,’ but Whit’s take is pretty compelling and a lot of fun, and it’s interesting to see all of this reimagined. This is a completely new reboot. Tone is extremely important, and you want the audience to realize what is at stake and the peril is real, but at the same time what’s going on should be fun and inviting and keep everyone engaged. It needs to be relevant to today too, and that is what Whit has found a way to do.”
But Whedon, who’s preparing to direct Marvel’s upcoming The Avengers movie, said to E! Online that “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, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.”
He went on to say that “I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don’t love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I’m also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly”.
Source: LA Times