Original ‘Buffy’ Kristy Swanson is all for a reboot – and why wouldn’t she be? Her ties to the brand died the moment the 1992 Fran Rubel Kuzui film flopped like a punctured submarine.
“Let Buffy live; why not?” Swanson says, when asked by EW how she feels about Warner’s decision to reboot the popular film and consequential TV series without any of the original cast or it’s creator, Joss Whedon.
Swanson, who handed the role of the shopping slayer to Sarah Michelle Gellar when the WB greenlit the TV spin-off in 1997, even holds out hope she might be asked to appear in it.
“If they wanted me to be a part of it, I think that would be fantastic and that it would be a blast,” she said.
“There are die-hard Joss Whedon fans who absolutely love him to death, and rightly so; he’s a brilliant man, no doubt,” she said. “I love everything Buffy. I don’t care who’s doing it.”
We’ll be talking about this more on today’s podcast but Warner Bros has just handed Joss Whedon a stake and kindly asked him to plunge it through his own chest. The studio, led by “Scooby Doo” producer Chuck Roven, has greenlit a new “Buffy” movie – without the man who created the character, and without any of the actors from the very, very, very popular TV series he gave us. The kick in the balls? “Um, instead of Joss we’re having first-time Whit Anderson – know I’ve never heard of him either, but man, he’s so, so cheap! – write the movie!”.
This Whit Anderson is the one responsible, apparently – all his idea.
“Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy,” said Roven. “There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return to the big screen. We’re thrilled to team up with Doug and Roy on a re-imagining of Buffy and the world she inhabits. Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be.”
The Kazui’s and Vertigo were developing a “Buffy” movie a couple of years back and fortunately, it went away. Sadly, Warner Bros doesn’t mind digging into sloppy seconds.
As a huge supporter of “Buffy”, I am so fucking angry about this… shit, the guy couldn’t get the ‘Spike’ or ‘Willow’ telemovies greenlit, let alone ‘Reaper’ with Anthony Stewart Head, but yet the studio will kindly steal his brand and place it on the shelf of a supermarket none of us want to shop at!?
Speaking to Kristin Veitch, Whedon says “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!”
He jokes, but you can read between the jokey waffle – the dude is pissed! And rightfully so. You watch Warner, this one’s gonna backfire! Nobody’s gonna go see your “Buffy” starring Elle Fanning reboot! Not even that 500-pound virgin that’s named all of his pet rats after characters from the series.