I loved Joss Whedon’s tv show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Not only was it ridiculously funny at times with some witty writing (trademark Whedon), but it also provided memorable characters that people still talk about to this day. And not to mention the fact that it launched the careers of the gorgeous Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alysson Hannigan.
But then, news broke of a re-boot.
There are certain movies and tv shows that should never be re-done … ever. Some examples are Jurassic Park, Star Trek (original series and TNG) and Seinfeld. And, I would have to include Buffy on the list.
I will concede that the 1992 Buffy film, starring Kristy Swanson and written by Whedon, was not a cinematic high point. But, what it did do was pave the way for a television series that lasted seven years that people still routinely discuss and watch today. The thought of a re-boot is just ridiculous.
But, not for Hollywood!
Most of the show’s stars (and fans) have stated that the re-boot is a horrible, horrible idea and that they will have no part in it … everyone except for Gellar, until now.
It was a movie. It’s been made. They made it. They don’t need to make another one … I think it’s a horrible idea. To try to do a Buffy without Joss Whedon, I mean that’s, like, honestly, to be incredibly non-eloquent: that’s the dumbest I’ve ever heard.
So, she’s against it too and I cannot say that I’m surprised. But, Hollywood is all about squeezing every last dime out of a franchise before re-booting it after only eight years.
With the project still actively in development, we will have to wait and see. But, I can tell you right now it will not hold a candle to the characters we all still know and love.