Since the announcement of a reboot for the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer film came out, the industry was abuzz when Joss Whedon’s name did not accompany the press release. Speculation went wild; did the studio bother to contact Whedon about the reboot? Or did they simply exclude his involvement due to notorious “creative differences” that stem from the 1992 project with producing duo Fran Rubel Kazui & Kaz Kazui? What’s the story? The answer comes in the form of several media sources recently reporting that an offer was made to Joss Whedon to take part but actually declined any form of involvement. Slashfilm.com wisely reminds us though that this is not news as the reported offer is the same one extended in July 2009, when the Kazuis were rumored to have started development. So as Slashfilm put it, the tidbit going around now is just a reminder.
Interestingly enough, as the official announcement came down earlier last month, E! Online contacted Whedon and in an exclusive statement to them, he revealed how he really felt about the reboot and said this with his trademark irony and sardonic wit: “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.” Whedon goes on to joke about his non-involvement and residuals and then through more candid humor elaborates about his disappointment:
“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.”
There you have it from the man himself and clearly he is unimpressed. For the full glory of Joss Whedon’s kick-ass statement, click onwards to E! Online to check it out.