A big-screen reboot of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is moving forward at Warner Brothers. The reboot will be without Sarah Michelle Gellar or Joss Whedon, however.
Whit Anderson is writing the script for the reboot. She has written the script for Jim Carey’s “Yes Man” and says she was a big fan of the show while it was on the air.
Charles Roven, who is working as a producer on the film, says that the property has an “active fan base” who is “awaiting a return” of the property. He also says that Anderson’s take is “pretty compelling and a lot of fun” and that he “saw something special in Anderson’s tone and story.”
“This is a completely new reboot. Tone is extremely important and you want the audience to realize what is at stake and the peril is real, but at the same time what’s going on should be fun and inviting and keep everyone engaged. It needs to be relevant to today, too, and that is what Whit has found a way to do,” Roven tells Comic Book Resources. “While this is not your high-school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough and sexy as we all remember her to be.”
“Buffy” creator Joss Whedon was contacted by E! On-line for his reaction to the news and said the following:
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! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.
According to Roven, a director isn’t yet on board for the reboot. Warner Brothers would like to have the movie in theaters in 2012 or late 2011.