Warner Bros. announced that the studio has purchased the rights to the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER movie and to plans to remake the 1992 film that spawned the iconic television series of the same name. According to the studio, the Buffy storyline will receive a serious retool, and the story will be a departure from the less than carefree high school days of the vampire slayer and instead will portray a new look at the “witty, tough, and sexy” Buffy.
Kristin Dos Santos, a journalist for E! Online, wrote to Joss Whedon requesting his reaction to the recently announced remake and via email Whedon weighed in with his thoughts.
“Kristin, I’m glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film. 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! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.”