Tuesday, 23 November 2010


Buffy The Vampire Slayer, the mediocre film that became a worldwide smash hit TV series, is to be rebooted for the big screen, but without the involvement of creator Joss Whedon. There's no director attached yet, but the film is apparently being scripted by Whit Anderson (according to AICN, who also have Joss Whedon's reaction to the news) and will be a complete reboot instead of being linked to the phenomenonally successful TV series, so no Angel, no Spike, no Willow or any of the others. Although on a positive note this also means no Riley.

I shudder to think what the BTVS fan community is making off this. It's probably like having someone pissing on their grandmothers. I was never a big fan of the series, but it had its moments, and some great characters, so why the hell fix it of it ain't broke?

Naturally, this is being seen as a cash in on the Twilight phenomenon, which in itself was a cash in on the Buffy phenomenon, so now the original thing is going to be ripping off its own imitations, I doubt that fans (or indeed audiences in general) are going to warm to this. The tweens will complain it's ripping off Edward and Bella's creepy tryst, and the Buffy purists will be up in arms against anything that has none of the TV cast or storylines.

Hollywood, look, listen to the geeks. Look at the fan reaction. If you can't make this the way fans want it to be made, then don't make it at all. Sure, Joss is busy getting the Avengers underway, but what about at the very least having him do the script outline and an Executive Producer credit? Otherwise it's just going to be a pale imitation of the real thing and is only going to piss off everyone that sees it.

On the other hand, at least I don't have to fear anything as painful as 'Once More With Feeling' again...

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