There has been a lot of talk of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie in development. You’d think fans of the franchise would be delighted…but there’s a catch. Joss Whedon will not be involved. Nor will any of the cast from the television series.
I’ve been reading comments and blog posts about this. It’s interesting. Some ridicule the idea; some are cautiously hopeful. Some plan to boycott the movie; some enjoyed the first movie and think this one will be fine. A few dislike Whedon and are eager to embrace a Whedon-less Buffy. It’s all a little premature though, since the projected release date is not till 2012.
But I understand. It’s hard not to speculate.
- The first film by Fran Kuzui did OK at the box office but it wasn’t a critical success.
- Whedon’s TV version was both influential and lauded.
- Kuzui hasn’t directed a film since the Buffy movie (17 years ago).
- Whedon’s feature film Serenity based on his series Firefly bombed.
- The movie premiered in 1992: a lot of the target audience weren’t born then.
- The TV series ended in 2003, and again, many movie goers won’t have seen it.
- Fans of the movie will probably make a point to see it.
- Fans of the TV series will probably be curious.
All in all, a remake is probably the right move.
If you think of it in terms of the Star Wars franchise, a remake without the people who made the TV show seems reasonable. See, The Phantom Menace was more successful than The Empire Strikes Back in terms of box office. Whedon and company would just add intelligence and heart to the project, and who needs that? Certainly not USA cinema.
Various posts and comments
- Buffy Actor Won’t Watch New Movie (perezhilton.com)
- Discuss: Is ‘Buffy’ Better Off Without Joss Whedon? (cinematical.com)
- Shocker: Joss Whedon Excluded From Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reboot (shoppingblog.com)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer to be a Remake (themovieblog.com)
- Report: Dark Buffy Reboot in Works, Sans Whedon (wired.com)
- ‘Buffy’ in for feature relaunch (movieblips.dailyradar.com)
- Buffy without Joss Whedon (tvdramas.about.com)
- Whedon-less Buffy to the Big Screen? (Sci-Fi Storm.com)
- Whedonless Buffy Reboot Planned (scifi.about.com)
- Buffy the Vampire Remake? (horror.about.com)
- Why the New Buffy Movie Should Fall into a Hellmouth (culture.bitchbuzz.com)
- No Joss Whedon For ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Reboot (splashpage.mtv.com)
- ‘Buffy’ Reboot Without Joss Whedon? (screenrant.com)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer returning to big screen (nationalpost.com)
- A ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Movie Is In The Works (For Real This Time) (pinkisthenewblog.com)
- A Buffy movie without Joss Whedon? Discuss! (filmgecko.com)