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L.A. Times: That Willow-Free, Giles-Free, Whedon-Free Big-Screen BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Has Entered ‘Limbo’!!

I am – Hercules!!

One of the least-loved projects in all of movie development, a reboot of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” that would have excluded the characters of Willow Rosenberg, Xander Harris, Rupert Giles, Oz, Angel and Spike, is dunzo, according to Los Angeles Times’ Geoff Boucher.

Whit Anderson, a twentysomething actress with little screenwriting experience, has been fired as the project’s writer. Her script “was rejected as unworkable,” according to two of Boucher’s sources.

Joss Whedon, who masterminded the widely acclaimed Sarah Michelle Gellar TV series, would have had no creative participation in the proposed movie. Whedon was never offered creative control of the project, and has been busy writing, producing and/or directing such big-screen projects as “Cabin In The Woods” and Marvel’s “The Avengers.”

Millions of fans, meanwhile, continue to clamor for a Whedon-directed “Buffy” movie featuring the TV series’ cast and characters. Perhaps if “Cabin” and “Avengers” do well in the spring, Fox will contemplate reviving the series in, as Ben Stern would say, a proper manner.

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  • Dec. 22, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Thank christ.

    by spire_walk

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Seriously.

    by drewby05

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Thank Tebow

    by Phategod2

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Well praise the power-that-be that this Big Bad has been slayed.

    by sweeneydave

    I'm a big geek. I know.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Weird

    by HughHoyland

    I read that after they had her do a couple of rewrites they were all "good job"! And it was given a green light. Guess not.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    YES. Willow grab your weapon...

    by buffywrestling

    Why *shovel* Won't *shovel* You *shovel* DIE! *shovel*

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Good...

    by Ryan

    http://batstud.blogspot.com/

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    as for SMJ...

    by lynxpro

    Did "Ringer" get renewed? If not, then I guess SMG might be interested in a cinematic Buffy adventure.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Great news!

    by MapMan

    I'm just revisiting Buffy on Netflix. The show is fine as it is. Leave it alone until Whedon gets involved. Having said that, I didn't love the Buffy Season 8 comic series.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Too bad this couldn't have happened to the Three Stooges movie

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    . . . and all the Whedon-Buffy freak fans all ghizzed in relief!

    by mastermold

    Thank god no one is going to mess with our Buffy! YAY!!!!!!

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Enough with fucking Buffy.

    by Fawst

    Leave this alone at this point. I'm not a huge fan, but even if I were, I'd count myself lucky that I got a great show out of what was a truly terrible movie. Don't get greedy.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    I like the one where the monster eats pieces of Willow's belly

    by darthpigman

  • Good decisions abound. This project was like a mustard stain on my shirt and with this decision (all together now) They got...the mustard...OUT!

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    What POS script do you have to write to be deemed 'unworkable'?

    by mistergreen

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    THANK THE GODS OF KOBOL!!!

    by JaredP

    this would've totally sucked donkey dick

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    don't know whats more pathetic...

    by sonnyhooper

    ....the joss whedon browncoats who still think anyone cares about "buffy" or the marvel zombies who hate on the dark knight rises every chance they get, because they want the avengers to "win" at the box office next summer..... <p> fuck it. lets call that shit a draw. both types of people are equally pathetic.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    What POS script do you have to write to be deemed 'unworkable'

    by HughHoyland

    Yeah good question. I mean it was really that bad? I actually read that several people in the biz liked the way it was going.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    Its a Festivus Miracle.

    by shutupfanboy

    Buffy sucks without the Scooby Gang. They probably also saw the zero interest in this thing as well.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Buffy is terrible, the original non-Whedon approved movie was good.

    by JackSlater4

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    thank the baby jesus

    by yabory

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    This idea never made any sense to me...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Do they really think a remake of Buffy would do really well on it's own? Pissing off the fans of the show and then just hoping that regular people would go in droves to see it to make it a franchise. Seems like a pointless process. Why not just wait Whedon out till his schedule isn't as jammed? That way you at least have a base of fans who would go and then on top of that you'd get just regular joe movie goers as well. Make it on the cheaper end of things and... There you go.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Who is more pathetic?

    by buffywrestling

    So is it more pathetic to be a Twillight fan who likes Underworld movies and collecting Mondo Movie posters or a Lord of the Ring's fan who cosplays to Naturo and listens to Danny Elfman scores while watching a Morgan Spurlock documentary?

  • I have a feeling her script was fine. Hollywood doesn't know a good or bad script if it fell out of the sky, landed on their faces, and started wiggling. But no Whedon makes a Buffy movie worthless.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Stop putting everyone into fucking categories

    by Mugato5150

    Christ, I'm sick of that shit. Fanboys of this, haters of that, shut the fuck up. We're supposed to be bullshitting about movies and everyone's dividing everyone else into clicks like they're in Jr High. God you people suck.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Now it can die.

    by pax256

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Buffy and Angel had a great run, but its time to move on.

    by dahveed1972

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Joss had something to do with this

    by proevad

    Guaranteed.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!!!!!!

    by F-18

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Too soon reboots

    by Alientoast

    The issue with projects like this, or the proposed Stargate bigscreen reboot that ignores the TV mythology or the Singer BSG reboot that uses the 70s show as the template, is that they are being worked on too soon after the demise/ending of the TV show counterparts, which means you're virtually guaranteed to not have any fans of the TV show on board. Maybe in a few decades it might be fine (ie, introduce it to a new generation), but this shit of doing it less then 10 years later is idiotic.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    FIREFLY needs another movie. Now.

    by Jobacca

    Or bring back the show. Buffy went about as far is it could go...what new ground could a movie cover? Middle-aged Vampire Slayers? A Giles spinoff/TV Movie might be cool,but....I'd rather see more Firefly.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    All hail Glorificus!

    by JacksParasites

    Worst film project in Hollywood history. Good fuckin' riddance! As for the anti-Whedon/Buffy trolls, don't even waste your time. Buffy was both beloved by audiences and critics alike. Further, it massively influenced the culture, as well as turned Joss Whedon and pretty much anyone who works with him into stars. If that's someone's criteria for sucking, they're welcome to it and aren't worth your time.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Its a Christmas Miracle!!!

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    Speaking of, how about a Buffy Christmas Movie, with Buffy's tongue sticking to Faiths cold cold nipple! FUZZ-BUMPASSES!!!!

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Word, mugato; fucking word.

    by buffywrestling

    You should be able to get off on geek culture [or if you want to be fancy "genres"] in general without making a pissing contest out of it. Appreciating stuff that Whedon has done has never stopped me from appreciating other things that have comparable or much better. "I Saw The Devil" was the best thing I saw last year. NOTHING Whedon has done has come close. [In fact, the only thing that could come even slightly close was Faith knowing the 5 torture techniques: Hot, cold, loud, blunt & sharp.]

  • Just wonder what he'll use it for. Will he do more Buffy/Firefly/Dollhouse? Or something new? Still holding out hope for an online second season of Firefly. Hell,I'll even take mini-episodes.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST

    On Twitter, Nathan Fillion pointed out an article

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    that suggested that Netflix revive Firefly, like it is doing with Arrested Development.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Here's the thing

    by mraig

    It could have been great. It could have been shitty. The fact is, Joss doesn't own the name "Buffy", and so that basic premise could have been used to make an entirely other property. And that other property could have been anything. Owning a basic premise that you have to rework into a new thing sometimes leads to the recent Battlestar Galactica and sometimes leads to the recent Catwoman. <P> I mean, who the fuck knows? There are a million stories that could be told with the basic Buffy premise, and not all of them have to tract the outline that Joss Whedon drew. What he made worked spectacularly -- for a voice and vision that is very idiosyncratic to him. I think that trying to do the Whedon Buffy without Whedon would probably be a failure -- but his is not the only possible Buffy. <P> The fact is, I'm kind of excited by a world (a world made impossible by, sort of ironically, the very same ridiculous perpetual eternally-corporate-owned copyright laws that are keeping Buffy out of Joss Whedon's hands) where anyone who felt like it could do anything they wanted with any property they wanted -- so if you wanted to tell some story about Spiderman or the Matrix or Dawson's Creek or whatever you just could, without worrying about what big company paid how many millions of dollars to own an intellectual property they had nothing to do with. Right now the only glimmer of that we have is fan-fic, where the lack of quality control means it's mostly garbage. But imagine if David Fincher or Martin Scorsese or the Coen brothers or whatever brilliant unknown director is out there had unfettered access to any of modern pop culture they wanted... If Paramount didn't own Star Trek and George Lucas didn't own Star Wars... What more could there be? <P> Anyway, my point is that I'd kind of be into seeing a totally back to the drawing board Buffy if handled by someone who actually had an original take on the material (and not just a corporate accountant who wants to cash in on the vampire craze). But I digress...

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST

    You know what Whedon has done with that "Avengers' clout?

    by buffywrestling

    He's made a Shakespeare movie in his house based on"Much Ado About Nothing" which will not get get a wide presentation but will be shopped to film festivals. Other than fans of Whedon, Shakespeare, or independence film most will likely not see it. He will make Dr Horrible 2 which will most likely be another internet only release at first like the one before it. And he has Buffy "Season 9" comics. Until Avenger debuts, he has the same "clout" as he's always had. And if the movie's shitty.... It will still make a ton of money. And so will he.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Firefly Netflix revival

    by Steve

    Saw this article a few days ago, would be good news but is more more notable for the pic, get a look at Jewel Staite, sweet Jesus!

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    mraig has a good point

    by tonagan

    And the original cast members are old enough to have prominent jowls, so a cinematic version with them might be creepy in all the wrong ways.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 3:09 a.m. CST

    I thought it was SMG leaving...

    by Hamish

    ...that shitcanned Buffy in the first place. Will she be desperate enough for the work? Is there enough water under the bridge? Will Hannigan come back being as she's still working on a successful show? Can Brendon slim down enough?

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Why would we want to see the now-creaky TV cast?

    by AnnoyYou

    Come on. With the exception of Alyson Hannigan and Boreanaz, the rest of the cast looks like hell now. Hasn't anyone seen the entirely laughable "Ringer?" Anyway, ALL of them are far too old to play people larking around in cemeteries at night - it would be utterly ridiculous. I'm always amazed when people long for the return of some dead TV series, especially if they believe the actors have been in suspended animation or something and can still play teens/young adults. Buffy was a late-'90s series (which should have ended in 2001 instead of being dragged on pointlessly until 2003). It was a product of those times. Let it go. No reboot, no "movie with the original cast." It's not Star Trek, you know.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST

    A new Buffyverse show on the other hand...

    by David Cloverfield

    with new characters, but with the same "EVERYTHING IS A WACKY METAPHOR" method of script writing, now I could get behind that. They did it with Horror/High School, they did it with Noir/Young Adults in Big City... What's left?

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST

    With the *exception* of Hannigan & Boreanaz?

    by buffywrestling

    COME ON. They all look their age except for Seth Green and he has those miniature human features like Elijah Wood that never seems to grow old.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 4:18 a.m. CST

    They'll never be a Firefly Season 2, and neither should there be

    by theGoldbergV

    I love Firefly. But a season 2 on Netflix or whatever would have to be without Book and Wash. Best leave it alone because unless they resurrected them somehow (which would suck) there's no way it could recapture the ol' ensemble magic. I want the worlds of HBO and Whedon to meet. Now THAT would be something to get excited about. Oh yeah and gutted about the new Buffy film. With the almighty talent of the Kazuis and a novice screenwriter on board I'm sure it would've been a belter

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Fray the series

    by Brannagins Law

    that would be sweet!

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 4:34 a.m. CST

    I'd be happy with a Whedon movie...

    by JonJonB9

    if only to wipe out the dog shit that is "season 8" from the canon.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Buffy was awesome...

    by Cory849

    ...and now it's done. Let it rest in peace.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    HA! Goldie you made me laugh

    by buffywrestling

    bringing up Fran and Kaz Kazui - those greedy, worthless fuckpiles. Merry Christmas & Happy new Year, mate :)

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    We'll be reading a similar piece on Ready Player One

    by P

    That will never get made

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    like buffy herself, the movie could still return

    by Rob Jenson

    But hopefully this time it would have some input from the Joss. I'd love to see a Buffy or Angel TV movie or mini-series but I know in my heart it would never work. If nothing else, the actors are just too old for the parts -- not their faults, it happens to everybody. Sadly, I think we've seen all the "real" Buffyverse we're going to (that is, Whedon-approved) unless Whedon himself completely reboots the whole series, which I don't see happening. However . . . there could be something like Buffy The Next Generation. In theory.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Yay!!!!!

    by Scott

    This is the best Xmas gift I could ever receive. No offense to this writer whose now lost her job, but Buffy is in no need of being rebooted (few things are). The cast is still young and whedon is still telling great stories (see season 8 and 9 in comics) in the universe. He could make a killer Buffy movie for 50million or so and studio could make bank and potentially start a franchise of films. Hope you all are taking note.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    She probably refused to give a blow job.

    by cookylamoo

    Whedon never had that problem.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    I don't see how the haters can't see the potential for this...

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    This could easily be what the second half to 'It' was

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    The scooby gang has moved on with their lives. Buffy is the only one still fighting the good fight. But an evil unlike anything they have ever faced brings them back together. But let their age play into it. They can no longer be the soldiers they need. They are more like you and me. With the exception of Willow, but she's vowed to never used magic again. And there can be a subplot of how Buffy is slowly losing her powers. She is needing to pass the torch to a new, younger, hotter slayer. It can basically give the original cast their noble sacrifices. Who wouldn't pay 8.50(13.00 in 3-d) to see Buffy finally die for good in the arms of Giles. But not before one last romantic fling with Angel.

  • Unworkable doesn't necessarily mean bad. I took it to mean it was more ambitious than the budget would have allowed. The studio probably wanted to shoot a feature film on a TV budget.

  • because the script was bad? Stuff gets shelved because the bean counters have convinced the suits that it won't make (enough) money. The script could be the worst piece of crap ever excreted in Hollywood, but if some exec thought it would make money this story would be about who's been cast and when they start shooting.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Don't care about Buffy, with or without Joss

    by Bass Ackwards

    Don't care about Buffy without Joss for obvious reasons. But I don't care about it with him either, between 7 seasons that got worse as they went on in those later years, and a comic that has only continued this downward trend, I think Joss has pretty much done what he can to run this property into the ground. I really really wish we'd get more original stuff from him, Firefly/Serenity was great, Dr. Horrible was a blast, seeing him go back to the well on this would be no fun at all. I'm hoping The Avengers actually does give him some clout, and he uses it to move forward on something new rather than backwards on this tired property that has had its story told (and told and told...).

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Big Jim speaks Big Truth

    by P

    Studios have gone into production with unfinished scripts, for God's sake.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Thank goodness, reason prevails for once

    by chuckmoose

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for the Whit Anderson-inspired FIREFLY...

    by MARCEL_THE_NEGRO_PROJECTIONIST

    ...without Mal, Jayne, River, Wash, Simon, Inara, Kaylee & Zoe...

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Wolfram and Hart must have sued

    by oisin5199

    Despite what others say, I think a Buffyverse movie with the characters their proper age would be fine. It could be a next-gen thing with the old Scoobies becoming a new Watcher's council, but possibly focusing on a new slayer. Or heck, adapt Fray. You get some of the best of both Buffy and Firefly in that one.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Phew.

    by blackwood

    I say leave it lie. I would love more FIREFLY, though.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    ranking the pathetic-ness of geek culture...

    by sonnyhooper

    ....sounds like an intresting idea actually. but in the end i guess it's a subjective question. personally i'd put the fantasy football dork at the bottom of the ladder, but then again someone else might put the call of duty video game geeks and the shit end of the stick, or dr who nerds, or ginger-haired flim fans. or what have you. <p> guess the thing to remember is that; no matter what your personal kink is there is probably someone else out there that thinks it's pretty fucking stupid.

  • Good Riddance. I wonder if Whedon has the pull to get a movie- continuation made with the same actors. Or if the rights-holders think it's a more valuable property as a re-boot (irrespective of Whedon's involvement). If it happens, I suspect there'll be a compromise, a Whedon-helmed reboot. With modern SFX, that could be cool. On a similar, if slightly inverted note; I just watched the 'Stargate' Blu-Ray and found myself wishing there had never been any TV series, or at least that Devlin & Emmerich had been involved. Ideally it would just have been movie sequels. If ever something was ripe for a revisit by the originators...

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    LOVE Buffy

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Watching the whole series all over again. I'm near the end of season 4 right now. And personally, I don't mind if somebody else takes a stab at the concept. I always like seeing somebody else's version of a story, though I don't always like it. But thank God Chris Nolan took over Batman from the losers who did it before. And thank God JJ Abrams took over Star Trek from Rick Berman. Both directors breathed new life into tired old franchises. I wouldn't mind if Whedon returned to Buffy, don't get me wrong. I'd be very thrilled. But I'd rather see him return to Firefly, which was the best thing he's ever done.

  • Dec. 24, 2011, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Feel sorry for the writer..

    by steverogers5

    I liked Buffy back in the day. Even though weirdly enough I'm not a fan of SMG. She comes across as really obnoxiously arrogant in all her interviews and commentaries.. LOVED Angel, and am still bummed to this day about how that show got canned just as it was reaching it's creative peak. The work that Alexis Denisof was putting into his performances was incredible. Having said all that I just didn't see the point of a feature reboot. What could you do in two hours that would be more movie worthy than what the 7 seasons of Buffy and 5 season of Angel already did? But I do feel sorry for the writer. She seemed very nice in all her interviews. The real problem were the producers who hired her to do it in the first place as they were the same ones who 'masterminded' the original terrible cinema Buffy movie, and yet had bugger all to do with the series. (But nonetheless got their name on and regular rights payments from the shows for the duration of their time on tv..) They were the only real bad guys here. And yeah, I suspect that there is more going on here than meets the eye. As before this there had been relatively positive buzz about the new script. I suspect the producers are waiting to see how Avengers does, and then maybe hoping to see if they can get Whedon on board if he suddenly has more clout. Be interesting to see if he does. You would think he wouldn't, given his previous experience of being burned there. But then a lot of folks said the same of him going back to Fox for Dollhouse, despite how they treated Firefly. So who knows..

  • Dec. 24, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Would love to...

    by HughHoyland

    Would love to read the script and see what direction she was taking the Buffy world. I think it might be interesting, maybe someday she'll post it. Either way I hope this doesnt get her down and she keeps on writing and of course acting.