Warner Bros. has rejected the script for its big screen reboot of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Submitted to the studio last summer, the script from first-time screenwriter Whit Anderson apparently fell far short of expectations and was rejected, according to the Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex, who cited two sources in the project.
“If you’re going to bring it back, you have to do it right,” one source explained. “[Anderson] came in with some great ideas and she had reinvented some of the lore and it was pretty cool, but in the end there just wasn’t enough on the page.”
A new writer for the film is now being sought.
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” first hit theaters in 1992 with actress Kristy Swanson playing the lead, but the Twentieth Century Fox project from director Fran Rubel Kuzui bombed, pulling in just $16 million at the box office.
The film's screenwriter, Joss Whedon, who recently wrote and directed "The Avengers," was disheartened with Kuzui's take on his material and in 1997 was offered a second chance to fine-tune the concept when The WB network granted him showrunner duties for a television adaption starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.
The series went on to enjoy critical acclaim, launch a spinoff series and salvage The WB's fledgling viability at the time.
Buzz for the reboot first surfaced in May 2009 when Kuzui and her husband Kaz, who both served as producers on the television series, said they were poised to pursue an update and were working with Roy Lee ("The Ring," "The Grudge") and Doug Davison from Vertigo Entertainment. Whedon was not included in the project.
A wave of fan criticism followed the announcement, including from Whedon, although he took the tongue-in-cheek route.
"This is a sad, sad reflection of our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths," Whedon told E! Online in November. "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."
Warner Bros. has offered no details regarding the reboot's production, budget or potential release date.
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