Hollywood Announces Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reboot. (Okay, now you’re just being stupid.)
The reboot thing…I get it.
It’s a tough market, so you only invest in projects that are “sure” to make money. I understand.
But a few years ago, it started getting a little silly… followed closely by “Okay… please stop.”
Then more recently, pre-production announcements started to surface about remakes and reboots based on things that have been been released within the last 8 or 9 years. See: Charlie’s Angels Reboot and a completely rebooted Fantastic 4.
Now… today, it was announced that a reboot of Buffy The Vampire Slayer is in production, minus Joss Whedon.
A reboot of a movie that spawned a cult TV show that was canceled prematurely due to poor ratings …7 years ago.
Joss Whedon created the character. It’s one of those very rare situations where the creation and the creator are synonymous and really can’t be separated.
It would almost be like…. well… it would almost be like Hollywood trying to reboot A Nightmare on Elm Street without Wes Craven.
Oh yeah, they did…and it BOMBED.
I even saw that movie and I’m convinced it doesn’t actually exist. It was a monstrosity.
Joss Whedon responded today to E! Entertainment
“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.”
I’m not exactly sure what baffles me more… Hollywoods insistence on rebooting EVERYTHING, or Hollywood’s insistence in screwing Joss Whedon out of everything that he holds dear.
What say you, Moguls?
Is ‘Enough enough,’ …or ‘Its Hollywood babe, anything is fair game?’