A Joss Whedon-less 'Buffy' movie: Worst idea ever of the year

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the rights holders of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — which began as the 1992 crapmound film starring Kristy Swanson and was later transformed by writer Joss Whedon into one of the touchstone TV series of the last 25 years — are planning a remake/relaunch. Now, fans of the Buffyverse have been clamoring for a feature extension ever since the show’s end in 2003; and they’ve made the Whedon-overseen comic books best sellers. Whedon has long been the hand on the wheel of the Buffy franchise, and his cultish fanbase are legion.

That raucous sound you hear is that fanbase currently consulting an engineer to figure out exactly how to support all of the hell they’re gonna raise. Because — get this — Whedon isn’t involved. AT ALL. (Update: Joss Whedon responds.)

According to the news item, the producers aren’t against the idea of Whedon’s involvement, but they haven’t "reached out to him." What’s more, this new "film" would have no connection with the TV series, nor would it feature any of the show’s robust supporting cast. In other words, they’d be jettisoning everything and everyone that made Buffy work. I swear, sometimes it’s as if Hollywood sets out with "failure" plugged right into the GPS.

The only reason that Buffy remains a viable franchise is because of the rabid, happy-to-purchase fanbase. And the only reason that fanbase exists is because of Joss Whedon. (There are actually t-shirts out there with "Joss Whedon is my master now" printed on them.) Why leave all that money on the table simply to make a shoddy Twilight-lite? Because there’s no way those fans would turn out if Whedon wasn’t involved — what’s more, they’d actively work to undermine it in every way possible.

Clearly, Joss has more Buffy stories to tell. Why not let him? Would you go see this film without Joss Whedon at the helm? Vote in our poll. Sound off in the comments section.


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  • Marnie


  • BeepBeep

    as whitney houston would put it: HELL TO THE NO!

  • So Over Joss

    Joss Whedon is the most overrated hack on the planet. Every single one of his characters sounds exactly the same — overly glib, self-referentially “hip”, and pseudo-tragic. Face it, folks, Firefly was overrated junk, and Dollhouse deserved to fail. Get over it already.

    • Chill…

      WTF are you doing commenting on something you obviously don’t care about?

    • Kim

      We aren’t talking about firefly or dollhouse we are talking about buffy. Three completely different shows so before you sit there n critiqe joss’s work why not realize um hey I have no idea what im talking about.

  • cat

    The only way I would see a “buffy” movie was if the ORIGINAL cast from the TV show was in and JOSH had something to do with it. The 1st buffy movie sucked and Josh made it a gold mine. I think he is brilliant and love every show he has atempted to put out, including FireFly and Dollhouse. The only think I didn’t like was how Angel ended, that is what should be made into a movie, to have a proper ending….

  • doghed

    Suck it “So Over” – if you don’t want to watch, just don’t.

  • Margie

    Joss isn’t perfect and he’s done some stupid things with the comic but still Buffy without him…Never!!! What is wrong with Hollywood types. So selfish and out of touch!

  • sean

    when i read this i just KNEW there would be stories and riots. joss whedon is the man – why not involve him?!?!?

  • pamilamama

    wow,, this is nice

  • pamilamama

    But for more info watch she16(dot)com

  • loligirl

    Why Why Why? First a movie based on Candyland and now this? Hollywood really needs a reality check! Joss just needs to keep making his own stuff like Dr. Horrible. Whedon is king!

  • Dick Necker

    No, there is a worse idea….
    A ‘Buffy’ movie itself.

  • Kayde_Lyn

    Not just worst idea ever of the year, but WORST IDEA EVER OF ALL TIME!!! Seriously? SERIOUSLY? I’m a film student and I swear I am slowly losing all faith in the Hollywood system. What the heck is going on out there!? Movies based on board games!? Sequels to films that shouldn’t even have been made in the first place!? A JOSS-LESS, ORIGINAL CAST-LESS BUFFY MOVIE!? I sincerely hope this doesn’t happen, cuz whoever green lights this thing is in for a world of angry fan pain.

  • Potch

    Who can we write to to stop this? Can someone at EW talk to someone in charge and let them know how much the fans HATE this??? Without Joss, it would be a shitshow. Complete and total.

  • DennyWilson

    It was bound to happen sooner or later. :)

  • Adam

    Sounds worst than the remake of The Three Stooges.

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