Rebooting ‘Buffy’ without Joss Whedon is probably a bad idea.

23 11 2010

This reboot is dead to us.

You’ve probably heard: Joss Whedon’s cult movie (which spawned the popular television show), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is getting a new reboot—and Joss isn’t invited to the party.

The official press release says, “Atlas’ Charles Roven and Steve Alexander will produce the feature film alongside Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring, How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed). Whit Anderson is writing the script. Warner Bros. Pictures optioned the rights from creators Fran and Kaz Kuzui, and from Sandollar Productions (Sandy Gallin and Dolly Parton), for Atlas and Vertigo to produce.”

It seems only the movie, not the television show, is available to reboot. I’m hoping that means that Xander, Willow, Giles, Spike, Angel, and the rest are safe, but there are very few details available right now. The movie’s release is slated for 2011 or 2012, so more information should be forthcoming.

I’ve been reading articles all over the Internet, and the general response among Buffy fans is overwhelmingly negative. Whedon himself has a dedicated following, and he isn’t behind the reboot idea either: “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,” he said.

David Boreanaz reacts to the news.

“There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return,” said producer Charles Roven. Too bad for him: we want Whedon’s character, not Whit Anderson’s. It looks to me like WB is grossly overestimating the movie’s potential fan base, since dedicated Whedon fans are already bowing out—and not gracefully or quietly.

This out-of-canon movie reboot is looking like the new Star Trek (you know, the Chris Pine/Zachary Quinto one) for Buffy fans, and we’re dreading it from the start. And if this gets in the way of WB following through on theVeronica Mars movie, which fans and the actors and the creator DO want, I will be very pissed off.

What do you think, guys? Does the idea of a reboot bother you, or are you okay with it? Would you ever see this movie, even if the new cast rocks?

Grave stone image credit: Dr. Insano, a user on io9. The original screen shot from the show belongs to Fox.
DB image credit: Hart Hanson’s Twitter.





Finally, a ‘Veronica Mars’ movie?

10 11 2010

The fans are behind it. The actors are behind it. Rob Thomas is behind it.
It’s only Warner Bros. who isn’t behind it, since low ratings led to the TV show’s cancellation in 2007. But what WB has continually forgotten about is the people who discovered the show after it was off the air—including me.

It all started when a friend, who had purchased several copies of Veronica Mars season one to give as holiday gifts, discovered she had a few without intended recipients. She offered to send them to people who were seriously interested in watching the series, and I requested one. I received it in the mail and was hooked within episodes. But this was after the show was canceled. I’ve since watched the series through at least three times and recommended it to several friends.

Now, according to TV Series Finale, WB has set up an email account to collect messages from the fans who have been demanding a movie. There’s no way to tell whether or not they’re serious, but even Rob Thomas is hopeful and sending an email takes, what, ten seconds? So, if you’re one of many TV lovers who are dying for more Veronica, send emails or petitions to “VeronicaMarsMovie@warnerbros.com” (without the quotes). You’ll just get a form letter back, but it can’t hurt to try!

Dear Warner Bros.: I will pay to see a Veronica Mars movie in the theater.