Buffy gains a remake and rebuttal from Whedon
Unsurprisingly Buffy the Vampire Slayer is set for a remake in Hollywood in film version. What's getting people excited is that Joss Whedon has nothing to do with the project, but then with most of the remakes that are happening in Hollywood just now the original talent isn't being involved.
However now Hollywood is remaking its own, and one with a huge following, perhaps we'll see the backlash that is needed to stop the continual conveyor belt of remakes, reboots and re-imaginings?
The news came that the rights to Buffy the Vampire Slayer the film were purchased by Warner Bros. just the other day and that Whit Anderson was set to write the new screenplay.
Technically it's not the first stab at the remake since Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo were already involved in an attempt some time ago with Fran Rubel Kuzui directing, yes she directed the original film. It never happened though, and this is the next attempt at bringing her back to life.
Charles Roven, producer for the film, said through The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision that it wasn't going to be the standard Buffy we knew, and there's a wee hint that perhaps we might be seeing Buffy out of school.
"...while this is not your high school Buffy, she'll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be..."
Read into that what you will.
Now Joss Whedon has been approached about it all and his comment sounds like a mix of sad acceptance, annoyance, and peevish stomping of the feet.
Twitch have the complete comment from Whedon, and there's quite a bit to it that would be doing the site a disservice if I quoted in its entirety. I know, I have scruples, how messed up is it in this bunch of people?
"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."
I think he's right, although there are places for reboots and remakes without a doubt, but is this one of them? Actually I think it would be so easy to make a modern film version of Buffy, and as to the question of whether vampires are in or not, well they are when they're vampires and not some romantic half-vampire like Twilight...or Buffy.
If there's the chance that they can remake Fright Night then there's no reason why the softer Buffy couldn't be remade, and if they take her into the modern world, make it darker and a tad more realistic (as realistic as mythical creatures can be), and perhaps bring her out of school, I could see there being a place for the film.
"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."
You know it's funny, but with that last comment Whedon sort of damages his whole point. I was with him up until then because when you think about it Christopher Nolan has done with this latest Batman is what Whedon is calling out the new production of Buffy for.
Is it not possible that a new version of Buffy could work? Perhaps it's not the same material to hit as well as a remake of the Batman franchise, but surely it could be improved. After all the incarnations and mileage Batman has been through, who would have thought that it could have turned out like it has? Interestingly Charles Roven, producer of this new Buffy film, is a producer on the latest run of Batman films from Nolan.
There are some films that can be remade, perhaps Buffy is one of them? Maybe Roven will take it in a new, fresh direction that could suit the franchise?