When I heard yesterday that “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” had been greenlighted for a movie adaption—again—I felt my heart start to palpitate. My first thoughts were: What will Joss Whedon have up his sleeve this time? Gosh, it will be so nice to see Sarah Michelle Gellar kick some butt again. And, most importantly, will Spike be back?
But then I started reading more, and my initial excitement turned to outrage. First off, there’s no word yet on whether Sarah Michelle will be reprising her iconic role. And, apparently, Joss will have nothing to do with this new movie at all.So let’s back up for a second. Joss Whedon is the creator of the “Buffy” franchise. He wrote the original movie starring Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry back in 1992. Five years later, he pushed to take another stab at the story, this time with Sarah Michelle in the lead role. The series became a cult classic.
But apparently, Joss no longer holds the rights to the “Buffy” concept. Those belong to Kuzui Enterprises (run by wife and husband team Fran Rubel and Kaz Kuzui) and Sandollar Television (randomly, run by Dolly Parton), which made the TV series. They sold the rights to make another movie to Warner Brothers. Without Joss.
Not too much is known about the new flick, but we do know that it will be written by Whit Anderson and produced by Charles Roven, who said in a statement, “This is not your high school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be.”
Other folks are not too happy about this Joss-less Buffy. Eliza Dushku, who played Faith on the series, twoted, “Joss made the ‘Buffster’ & w/out him … I just don’t trust the girl. Or the world.” And #BuffyWithoutJossIsntBuffy has become a trending topic on Twitter.
Joss himself wrote a letter to E! about these new wrinkles. “Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this,” he said. “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.”
Should we call for a boycott now? Or wait to hear more before we riot?