This will not end well. Warner Bros. has decided to mine the depths of their properties, and in a bewildering decision that will likely have fans taking to the internet with the digital equivalent of pitchforks and torches, Warners is planning to reboot the cult franchise Buffy the Vampire Slayer—but it will do so without the man who actually made Buffy a cult franchise in the first place, Joss Whedon.
To put that in perspective, imagine someone making a movie about the Chicago Bulls in the 1980s and 90s, but deciding to not include Michael Jordan. According to the report from Comingsoon.net, Warners has optioned the original movie from the creators Fran and Kaz Kuzui, the duo primarily responsible for the Buffy movie that starred Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry. The Buffy movie is best known for having been almost totally ignored before the Kuzuis allowed Joss Whedon to then take over the direction of the show, write memorable and award winning episodes, and launch the careers of several rising actors, actresses, writers and directors in Hollywood including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku and Whedon himself.
Again, Whedon, who will next be seen directing The Avengers, is not being consulted on the potential reboot, but the property will be heavily influenced by him.
Now, it might seem odd that after a man takes a forgotten property and turns it into a pop culture phenomena that becomes a cult hit, the studio responsible then turns around and decides to use the name of the property but does not consult the person that almost single handedly made it successful enough to even warrant a reboot in the first place. That is because it is indeed odd, but maybe not surprising. After all, Whedon’s star continues to rise, which means that he would cost money to bring back, even as a producer, not to mention attempting to use the original cast, who would also cost money. On the other hand, the name costs Warners very little.
So, sound off below. Do you like the idea of a Whedon-less Buffy, or is it a bad idea?