Those fans all up in arms over the planned big-screen Buffy the Vampire Slayer remake will either find comfort or disgust in learning that Joss Whedon was offered a chance to reboot his own original idea, and he turned it down presumably after already learning his lesson on the first film. Entertainment Weekly reports the news alongside direct quotes from Whedon and a poll announcing that only 3% of EW readers would want to see a new Buffy movie without Whedon in charge.
Says Whedon, "I believe [the producers] did ultimately reach out to my agent after the news broke. I think that's something better left untouched by me. So, I wish them luck."
It's funny, too, because this time around I feel Whedon would've had more control over the movie and I imagine he would've produced something cool and scary and bloody and found a way to get Neil Patrick Harris involved, too. Without Whedon, though, we'll probably get a more generic vampire movie that won't stand out from the pack unless they cast someone like Megan Fox in the lead role -- and while that rumor is certainly flying around, there's no way she'd sign on to do this. She's not the right type for a vampire slayer named Buffy, anyway.
Then again, who is?
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