News has broken that there is to be a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie reboot, sans the real genius behind the entire franchise: Joss Whedon. I learned the news by seeing both “Joss” and “Whedon” trending on Twitter at the same time. I was so hopeful it would be good news! …Alas.
What you need to read is the e-mail Joss sent to Kristin Dos Santos of E!. Here is an excerpt:
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! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.
Oh Joss, the problem is that we are all in pain with you.
Here are some Twitter reactions:
Dave Anthony: “Re-Booting” the Buffy franchise without Joss Whedon? Really Hollywood? Why not just throw your money into a flaming toilet?
Greenspeak: AH FOR F’S SAKE. BUFFY REBOOT WITHOUT JOSS WHEDON = MEGA LIFE FAIL. TO EVERYONE INVOLVED: DIE DIE DIE.
Ariesbunny: OK, not looking good…Joss Whedon not involved, none of the former cast involved…my earlier Buffy excitement has evaporated into misery:(
Jessbum: If the reports abou a Buffy remake without Joss Whedon or anybody else is true, count me out.
xJazzix: “joss” and “whedon” trending worldwide!! We want a reboot of buffy only if it’s by joss whedon! People have spoken!!
doug_gross: Is it just me that thinks “Buffy” with no Joss Whedon is a bad idea? And by “me” I mean “the entire Internet.”
GloryisBen: I love Joss Whedon so. #BuffyWithoutJossIsNotBuffy