A movie-version remake of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is moving forward, albeit without the creator of the franchise, Joss Whedon, reports the New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog.
Not only may this bum out the many fans of the show, Whedon himself seems none too pleased. Here’s an excerpt of an email he sent to EOnline’s Kristin Dos Santos:
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?
Whedon added, "I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER."
According to the NY TImes article, Warner Bros. said it optioned the rights from Fran and Kaz Kuzui, who produced the original feature, and from Sandollar Productions, Dolly Parton’s production company. The new film, to be produced by Atlas Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment, will be written by Whit Anderson, the Times notes