Earlier today Warner Bros and Atlas Entertainment announced their partnership to create a reboot of the nineties franchise Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The character was created by Joss Whedon who directed the 1992 feature film and created the 1997 TV series. After it was revealed that they’d found a writer to pen the screenplay for the reboot Whedon had to step in and give his two cents. E!’s Kristin Dos Santos reached out to the creator and gave him an opportunity to respond to the news.
Read his open letter below…
Kristin, I’m glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film. 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.
Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this. My first reaction upon hearing who was writing it was, “Whit Stillman AND Wes Anderson? This is gonna be the most sardonically adorable movie EVER.” Apparently I was misinformed. Then I thought, “I’ll make a mint! This is worth more than all my Toy Story residuals combined!” Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?
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. I can’t wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill. I can, however, take this time to announce that I’m making a Batman movie. Because there’s a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.
Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.
Don’t be depressed Joss, you still have the entire cast of The Avengers to fall back on. But all kidding aside, we completely get where he’s coming from. As members of the generation that grew up on the character it’s going to be hard watching another actress step into the role, and another writer give her a voice. There’s a certain humor, darkness, and vulnerability to Buffy that was distinctively Whedon and can’t be recreated. They have big, unique shoes to fill.
What do you think of Whedon’s response?