In the latest news of wtf-ery, Warner Bros. plans to remake “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” without Joss Whedon. The studio, which is celebrating “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow’s” huge box office success, purchased the rights from director Fran Rubel Kuzui and Sandollar Productions. Whit Anderson, an actress turned screenwriter whose credits are quite slim, wrote the script for the Slayer reboot.
Although Charles Roven of Atlas Entertainment says that Anderson’s approach to the iconic vampire slayer is “pretty compelling and a lot of fun,” I don’t see this working. The only Buffy fans want to see on the big screen is Whedon’s — not some weak copy and that is exactly what Anderson’s version will be. What I want to know is what does Warner Bros have against Joss Whedon?
First it was “Angel.” The show was abruptly canceled even though the ratings were better than “7th Heaven” at the time. Then, it was the “Wonder Woman” film project. Due to creative differences, Joss Whedon walked. Now, it’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” The powers that be are ignoring the fact that Joss Whedon’s brilliant, intelligent and funny writing, along with Sarah Michelle Gellar’s perfect acting, is why the series was so successful and has a huge following today.
News like this makes me wish Whedon’s “The Avengers” beats the hell out of “Green Lantern” at the box-office, and from the spots I’ve seen of “Green Lantern,” I don’t think that will be hard to do.
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