It's been more than a year since the producers of the original "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" film threatened fans with a remake without Joss Whedon.
Just when you thought it was dead, like any horror film, it lives and is swinging that knife once again. This time, however, the weapon of choice is Warner Bros., taking over production of the film franchise following Twentieth Century Fox's original attempt in 1992.
Whedon, who turned the original film that made just $16 million at the box office into a cult classic television series, isn't taking the news of his creation going on without him lightly. Or is he?
"This is a sad, sad reflection of our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths," Whedon wrote to E! Online's Kristin Dos Santos. "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."
OK, Whedon is taking it lightly, but what can he do? He created Buffy, watched director Fran Rubel Kuzui twist it into something no one wanted to see, and was lucky to attract fans to The WB to see Sarah Michelle Gellar show Kristy Swanson how to do it right.
"Obviously, I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this," Whedon said. "Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?"
Whedon said he dreamed of creating a legacy with the superpowered woman who can defeat even the strongest demon. But not quite yet.
"I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death," Whedon said. "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."
He said he can't wish any ill will on Kuzui and others for wanting to remake a classic. But he doesn't want them to be alone. Whedon joked that he will now remake a classic that doesn't need to be remade.
"I can, however, take this time to announce that I'm making a Batman movie, because there's a franchise that truly needs updating," Whedon joked. "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."
The idea to reboot Buffy without Whedon first popped up in May 2009 when Kuzui and husband Kaz Kuzui said they were ready to bring the classic back to life. However, their efforts would be to recreate the original 1992 version, and ignore the series that aired later on both The WB and UPN altogether.
When the project was originally announced, the Kuzuis said they were working with Roy Lee and Doug Davison from Vertigo Entertainment.
"It was Roy's interest in taking Buffy into a place that grabbed us," said Fran Kuzui at the time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "It was based on our respect for what he does, and his particular sensitivity to Asian filmmakers, that we wanted to work with him."
Lee has made more than two dozen films, including "The Ring" and "The Grudge," according to Internet Movie Database. Vertigo, the company he co-founded with Davison, looks for Asian films and brings them to American studios to be remade.
It's likely no surprise that Whedon is not a part of this new venture. His last attempt to work with the Kuzuis resulted in him storming off the set, reportedly. It took several seasons of television for Whedon to be able to finally tell the Buffy story the way he originally intended it.
No details such as when the film will go into production, the budget, or potential release date were shared by Warner Bros.
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