Joss Whedon's 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' is arguably one of the finest television series ever produced, combining compelling melodrama, an endearing ensemble, intriguing mythology and some of the wittiest dialogue ever written into one epic, moving story of one girl's quest to thrust a stake through the heart of every bloodsucking fiend she can find -- which was, of course, a metaphor for growing up, discovering what kind of person you are and an assortment of other valuable life lessons.

However, like all characters with any sort of market recognition, we learned earlier this year that 'Buffy' was getting a big screen reboot without the involvement of Whedon or anyone who worked on the original series or movie. Naturally, Whedon's very passionate (and very loud) fan base let their objections be heard, but did anyone think for a single moment that anything anyone typed on a message board was going to stop this from happening? A new 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' is coming whether we like it or not: Warner Bros. has confirmed that a reboot is now officially underway.

Hero Complex has a profile on Whit Anderson, the writer of the 'Buffy' reboot. Do her words inspire a sudden confidence and curiosity in the project? Or does the piece only confirm your suspicions that the apocalypse is nigh and this is a sign that all good things will soon end?
Well, nothing so extreme. With the script not even finished, she can only say so much and her and producer Charles Roven are expertly playing by the "How to Not Anger Fans of a Project You're Adapting" playbook.

Does she profess to be a longtime fan of the original show, watching during its original run? Yep.

Does he emphasize that he would have never touched something sacred like 'Buffy' until he heard her amazing take on it? Yep.

Does she mention genre favorite 'Batman Begins' as a good example of what the new 'Buffy' will feel like? Yep, yep, yep.

While it's nice to finally hear someone talk about this film, it would be nice to hear a few more details on how they plan to tackle to character and the world. How many other characters will be featured? Do they even have the rights to characters other than Buffy? Will it retain the witty banter that made the show so much fun or will it be a grim 'n gritty affair? And, perhaps most importantly, how much will they be trying to ape the success of 'Twilight,' which seems to be the only reason a new 'Buffy' will be financially viable. Both series featured a young girl falling in love with an immortal vampire, but 'Buffy' did it first, with a vampire who doesn't sparkle in the sunlight. 'Buffy' wins that showdown.

But enough fanboy blather. What does Whedon himself, currently prepping Marvel's upcoming blockbuster 'The Avengers' have to say about all of this? E! got the scoop in the form of an e-mail from the man himself. In typical Whedon fashion, it's witty, sardonic and self deprecating, but contains a disarming inner layer of truth and disappointment, a combination not surprising coming from the man who killed Wash. You should go read the full letter yourself at the link above, but here's a choice selection:

"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."

In other words, "Yeah, not cool, but whatever. Move on and deal with it." Good advice, Joss.

The new 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' is being produced by Atlas Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment for Warner Bros. You'll know more as we hear it, but feel free to let your grievances and glimmers of hope and optimism be known in the comments below.
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