Joss Whedon Responds to ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Reboot

The creator of the franchise has 'strong, mixed emotions' about Paramount rebooting the original 1994 movie.
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Joss Whendon responds to the news of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer theatrical remake One of the biggest news items of the day was the announcement of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer theatrical reboot from Atlas Entertainment and Paramount Pictures. As most know, the original 1992 movie was remade into the popular TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Joss Whedon, which ran for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003. Joss Whedon will not be a part of this new theatrical remake and E! Online's Kristin Dos Santos reached out to Whedon via email for his reaction to the news.

Here's the email that he sent back to the site, which showcases his trademark sense of humor:

"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."

We'll be sure to keep you posted with any developments on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot as soon as we have more information.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in development .

Sources:E! Online

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  • razorglove1428 • 5 years ago

    Also...Hail Joss Whedon and his blessed empire of awsome! Praise be his name and glorious blessing upon him!


    • razorglove1428 • 5 years ago

      If there really is a just and loving god, they'll scrap this like they did that Justice League movie they tried to make without Christian Bale or Brandon Routh. If the producers are smart and actually do want to make any money, they'll realize that anyone who knows Buffy or has even heard of the show is going to be against this and stop production until they can get everyone from the show to come back for a movie. The last thing we need is another complete bastardization of a beloved franchise!


      • messenger • 5 years ago


        Well any fan of anything is going to say it has good something or other. For me it's high school fluff that fumbled the fundamentals of what makes a good story or T.V. show. And when you get down to fundamentals no opinion can change the basics of what makes a good story etc.

        But I'm going to stop this conversation cause MW is drowned with BS cat fights, don't need to add to it.


        • CrazyMarty • 5 years ago

          What a awesome response Whedon's the f'n man!


          • rojodiablo • 5 years ago

            The only good thing about the first film was the very hot Kristy Swanson. Loved Whedon's television series and would like to see this film land closer to his vision really.


            • ejk1 • 5 years ago

              Writing that was praised immensely by many critics.


              • comicbookfan • 5 years ago

                @Messenger That's your opinion only. Ask any true Buffy fan and they will tell you the writing and production quality was excellent and the show had great themes.

                @dadarkknight Whedon created Buffy and Hollywood screwed him over once, with the Kristy Swanson camp-fest. Although he wrote the script, he walked off the project because of how they butchered it and were turning it into a vampire/teen valley girl parody, with Donald Sutherland who he hated. That experience inspired him to tell his vision accurately with the TV series, and now Seasons 8 and 9 which continue the TV series, only in Dark Horse comics. Those are canon, but the crap-fest Swanson movie is not, and neither will a new reboot movie. The Buffyverse revolves around Joss Whedon. Get over yourself.


                • vinster18 • 5 years ago

                  This is not good news. Its just like all the big shots in Hollywood to take a great story and universe and mess it up cause they want to make money. There is no way this will go good with out Joss.


                  • doubler0522 • 5 years ago

                    Great News !!!


                    • shuabert • 5 years ago


                      It's not a fair comparison to equate this with Batman or Spiderman. Those were comic book characters whose stories spanned 50 odd years under the care of several hands. Bob Kane never had the same kind of narrative vision for Batman that Whedon has for Buffy. Whedon created Buffy and her universe and was involved with the stories the entire time. Hell, he's STILL actively involved, and is presently turning out stories in the Buffy universe through comic books that he's calling canon.

                      A more fair comparision would be if Warner decided to make a TV version of Harry Potter without involving JK Rowling, and set it using stories and characters she had never written.


                      • dadarkknight • 5 years ago

                        Guys even though I agree with what he is saying for the most part. I cannot get made at a company for wanting to remake a popular brand. Its a business. Yeah we can say they suck ayda yada yada but at the end of the day if we were in the same position we would do the samething. Now I would make sure I make the best product I can, meaning I would not deviate too much from the source material(like the case with Jonah Hex how they got a dude that only movie under his belt was a kids movie(Kung Fu Panda). I would make sure the script and the people on the movie are good. I mean you cannot just make one batman or spider-man movie series the character is too big for that. When we are gone those characters will still be here. If we did not have reboots or remakes we would have been stuck with the Adam West Batman movie. We would not have gotten the Carpenters version of the Thing or Casino Royale. Now if I was running thing I would not remake or reboot everything but somethings would get the treatment such as Superheroes characters(would not tell the same tell twice though it would be more like bond where you know the background of the character and such, I would not keep retaling the origin. The new Spider-man I will let off the hook because we never got a proper origin story with Gwen and stuff and maybe they could do a better job with Venom lol. I would not remake such classic as wizard of oz or nightmare on elm street etc because those are classic and can stand the test of time. They could have easily just told a new story involving freddy than remaking it(like for instance it could have been set many years after his last movie and have the dude just come back pissed and brutal becuae he is fed up with getting his ass handed to him at the end of everymovie. You know and get England to play him with the pissed off Freddy make-up like you saw in Freddy vs Jason movie lol)


                        • messenger • 5 years ago

                          Buffy was and always will be a mediocre show at best. Acting, writing, production quality was very poor for this show. It always felt like high-school fluff.

                          But Mr. Whedon's reply to the reboot is amazing and I love him as person now. I hope he continues to be successful even though I probably won't like it, LOL.


                          • instead8909 • 5 years ago

                            It's really a sad world we live in but you know what, I rather drink your blood. some vampire.

                            Tell that to pointy here, ha it maybe wood but I think you get the point. Buffy

                            At least Joss is standing up to them, in more ways than one.


                            • cripple • 5 years ago

                              Lots of respect for Whedon.


                              • daveactor7 • 5 years ago

                                This makes my faith in Whedon making the avengers movie stronger


                                • gandoff • 5 years ago

                                  Well I have mixed feelings on this. I wouldn't mind a new buffy it is more darker, and gritty like what the show was compared to the original movie. Think the diffrence between Harry Potter one and Harry Potter 7. But like Wedon said, to many times they go back to reboot, remake, repackeage movies and characters for money. Just like they doing to Spiderman. Atleast Batman had been several years since the last one was made before it rebooted. Heck Superman was almost 20 years, and instead of going in what they should have in rebooting for once, they went back and told a story that did not even fit in with the past movies. So Whedon is mad his beloved show is being remade for the theater as much as its being done as he is not involved. So Damned if you do, Damned if you don't....


                                  • wichitagalzl • 5 years ago

                                    You tell em' Whedon :P


                                    • Malarkey183 • 5 years ago

                                      Unless your name happens to be Angel or Spike... please, please don't f*** with Buffy.


                                      • vampire2000 • 5 years ago

                                        "Are vampires even popular any more?"

                                        I'm not sure if that was sarcasm or not, but I LOL'd 'cause like... Twilight has caused the assrape of the vampire genre this last year. xD


                                        • ejk1 • 5 years ago

                                          Bravo, Whedon! You're words capture the feelings of, well, me, CBF, and probably 95% of the rest of the Buffy fans.


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