“Buffy The Vampire Slayer” Reboot On Hold, Looking For New Writer [VIDEO]
Just over a year ago, Warner Bros. announced a big screen treatment for "Buffy The Vampire Slayer". At first, this seemed to be an amazing idea that was long overdue in the eyes of many fans. However, the news got worse. This movie would not be a continuation of the television series or the subsequent cannon story of the Season 8 & 9 comic book series, would not feature anyone from the television series, and Joss Whedon would not be involved. At this point, fans of the series lost their minds. And it was not only fans of the series that expressed their frustration, but also cast members from "Buffy" and "Angel".
The original movie of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" was the brainchild of writer Joss Whedon, who at the time had worked as a writer on the hit sitcom "Roseanne". Once "Buffy" was put into production, Director/Executive Producer Fran Rubel Kuzui made several changes to the final story that didn't sit well with Whedon. After "Buffy", Whedon continued writing such movies as "Toy Story" and "Alien Resurrection" until the chance to create the "Buffy" TV series came up. Though Whedon was able to retain some rights to "Buffy" to make the series, he still had to credit Kuzui as a producer on the series, in title only. Rumor has it, it was the tension between Whedon and Kuzui that lead Kuzui to allow the new "Buffy" movie to be made. Last November when the project was announced, Whedon expressed his frustration, along with his usual humor,
“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.”
According to the LA Times, two sources close to the project say that first time screenwriter Whit Anderson turned in her script for the project over the summer, but it wasn't up to the studios expectations and was totally dismissed. One source said,
“If you’re going to bring it back, you have to do it right. [Anderson] came in with some great ideas and she had reinvented some of the lore and it was pretty cool but in the end there just wasn’t enough on the page.”
As of now, the project is on hold while the studio looks for a new writer to pick up the scribe duties, but several wonder if the project is too far gone to save. With the large outcry of upset fans (the people the studio should be marketing this movie to), it looks like the studio will have to make some serious changes to make this a film worth watching. Many have already suggested that the studio should wait until "The Avengers" is completed, kiss Joss Whedon's butt, and beg him to helm the project. Sounds like a great idea to me.