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It’s the logo fans have adored for years. Catapulting a show through seven seasons and multiple hosting networks, then continuing the story (and well) in the comics-verse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is not a girl who needs a reboot. At least that’s the opinion of nearly any fan of the franchise.
Amber’s article is first
First, let’s get some information on the board, to make sure we’re all aware of what’s going on.
It seems that WB has hired Whit Anderson to write the script. This tidbit is interesting in and of itself, since the only things IMDb.com brought up for that name were three film credits (two of them shorts) in which she was an actress. That doesn’t mean she can’t write – it just means that IMDb doesn’t have any record of that on her page. Even after employing my Google-fu, I found nothing. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have plenty of experience in acting OR writing, it just means that I can’t find it. There could be page after hidden page – but I doubt it.
In 2009, Fran and Kaz Kuzui announced that they wanted to relaunch Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a feature film with no involvement from Joss Whedon or the rest of the actors/creators involved in the television show. Fran and Kaz do know Buffy – Fran read Whedon’s script for the original film and ensured the funding and filming of it. The movie eventually led to seven seasons of the incredibly popular show of the same name, and five seasons for its spinoff, Angel.
While the couple had little to no involvement in the actual television shows, they held rights and executive producer credits throughout.
The internet has gone a bit crazy over yesterday’s announcement that the studio is moving forward on its reboot of Buffy, and it’s been made clear than this will be totally new. No one from the original team will be involved.
Twitter has been buzzing all day with people talking about it. For many people, Buffy without Joss isn’t Buffy. The concept of a tiny hot girl kicking butt and saving the world wasn’t what sucked people into the show (well, it wasn’t all that sucked people into the show) – it was everything Joss and his trusted group of writers and actors brought to it. A tiny (hot) blonde who kills vampires is cool enough, but a tiny blonde who kills vampires while dealing with high-school, friends, peer pressure, daddy-issues, boyfriend-issues, depression, magic, sex, rejection, Incan mummies and the rare (but not as rare as you’d think) apocalypse while still quipping and using some of the best-paced dialogue ever written? Now that’s badass. Joss added in characters that seemed utterly mismatched, but who blended into a team so flawed, so realistic and so beloved that they reminded us of ourselves.
I liked the way Buffy ended. It was an appropriate finale. Now we have further tales to look forward to in comic book form, still being written by our favorite authors – some from the tv writing crew, some from other comics – like Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Brian K. Vaughn, Drew Z. Greenberg and Drew Goddard. They’re still writing and publishing them. We get a new one every month! We still have good stories from our heroes – we don’t need knock-offs.
Here is Joss’ email to Kristen at E!
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!
So if Joss is to be believed as well, wasn’t even approached about the idea either – nor is he a fan of it.
I have been a die hard Buffy fan since the beginning. Completely. Growing up, I wanted to be Buffy. And I’m able to say this because my favorite movie when I was a kid was Buffy, the Vampire Slayer in all its corny glory. I still love it – I practically danced when I found it at the store for five bucks about six months ago. Then the series started and it just got better. Joss was able to take back creative control of what had been lost in the film making process and in some ways, Buffy was already reinvented.
Buffy works for so many reasons! Its cast, its dialogue (which hasn’t always carried over into the comics very well, sadly), and, of course, most of all, its characters. Its melting pot of characters – the Scooby Gang, who end up with their own Scooby when it turns out that Oz (Seth Green) is actually a werewolf. Sadly, Oz fell for another werewolf, breaking Willow’s heart, but that was okay – Willow found Tara!
Then Joss put them through the ringer, but they’ve still remained, even though the show has been out of new episodes for years, one of the top couples. Joss certainly knows how to bring on the heartache, though.
He’d done it to Buffy when she lost her virginity to Angel, releasing Angelus, then being forced to send him to Hell the moment Willow has managed to rework ancient Gypsy magic and restore Angel’s soul. At least Angel came back. True, it wasn’t all good at first, but Willow pulled off the spell again.
Unfortunately for Tara, she had already gone through one hell before Joss killed her off, which put into action a great character arc for Willow that played its way out all the way to the finale of the show onscreen.
That’s one thing that has separated Buffy from other shows – its writing. It’s catchy, and sometimes ridiculous (“I laugh in the face of danger. Then I run and hide.” Xander), but it’s never about a plot stunt – it is always character driven. Always. Even the nightmare of Dawn turned out to be character driven, especially when Joyce died, and then later when Dawn is mentored/protected by both Spike and Xander.
If there had ever been a time to make another Buffy film, it should have been after the show was unable to pull off a satisfactory and resolute ending in their finale. Oops, they did that. Okay, well, there’s still the stories in the comics, those could be explored for being written for the screen. But a reboot?
Not even this fan, a fan of even the corny-as-hell original film that sparked it all, doesn’t want to see Buffy rebooted unless the right creative team is in place and the right actors are involved. It’s already been confirmed we’re not going to get that, so count me out.
Hell – Buffy even took on Dracula!!
Not to mention that Joss took the image of the young woman running away in fear being the thing to fear, giving girls all over the world a positive role model who dealt with real issues as well as the not so real ones, Buffy deserves much more than the treatment she’s getting now.
So those are our thoughts here at Wicked Women. Sound off below, let us know how you feel. Do you still want to see Buffy on the big screen again, even if it means we lose all the mythology and hard work of Joss and the creative team involved with the show for seven years?
Also, Silent SMG’s webmaster feels similarly. Here’s the link to her article.