Last year when we heard that a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot was a strong possibility, it sounded as if even then, creator Joss Whedon‘s involvement was quite doubtful. Recently it was revealed that the reboot was now under the wing of Warner Brothers, and that newcomer Whit Anderson had been hired to write the script.
Whedon responded to the news with humorous words that we all got a chuckle out of, but as it turns out, he may have had the opportunity to work on the movie after all, and chose to turn it down.
According to reports, Whedon was offered the chance to take part in the reboot — possibly as a writer, one would speculate, but most likely as just a producer — last year when we first heard of it. This was when the rights to Buffy were owned by Fran Rubel Kuzui and Kaz Kuzui, who have since sold them to WB, and Whedon decided that he would rather work on other projects. With Joss currently directing Marvel’s juggernaut, The Avengers, you have to assume that he might have been in the midst of trying to score that job when the new Buffy was presented.
Whedon could come out tomorrow and tell us this was never the case, but if this is the case, it’s not hard to understand that Joss didn’t feel there was anything new to do to his Slayer creation. It hasn’t been that long since we last saw the show, and it’s beyond contestation that Hollywood has a habit of remaking and rebooting a little too soon these days.
Unfortunately, this also makes it hard for fans to be upset about Whedon not being involved in the project. Though they still every right to be infuriated at the thought of anyone even making this to begin with!