Grrrrr….Arrrrggh…Buffy heads to big screen without Whedon or Gellar

26 May

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May 26th, 2009-

It’s been an interesting coincidence that as several of the new series reboots have been hitting theaters, I’ve been making my way through an old one for the first time. Having more or less yawned my way through the 1992 theatrical film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and being underwhelmed by the t.v. pilot in winter of 97, I never watched the Joss Whedon helmed t.v. series of the same name. And, as I’ve come to realize in recent months, that was my loss.

Whedon created a strong cast of characters that formed a tight-knit community and as inventive as his monsters and fiends were, they always took a back seat to the woes of teenage high-school life. When the characters moved beyond high-school and took on college and the work-force, the show moved with them. It was constantly changing and shifting–not in tone, only in theme –and it was growing, not violently rearranging itself. What I see now, is that Buffy the Vampire Slayer, despite its groan-inducing title and long running stint on the teen-burial-ground that was the WB, was one of the best shows to ever grace the television screen. And as I watched Terminator and Star Trek get a new lease on life, I wondered if Whedon would ever see fit to give us a big-budget Buffy movie.

And, it looks like part of that wish is coming true, but the rest of it is so off-base I’d just as soon not have heard this. Buffy, it seems is going (back) to the big-screen, with the director of the awful first film at the helm and it’s proceeding forward without Whedon, Gellar, and the rest of the cast. O.k., so it won’t attempt to touch the t.v. series, which is a good thing, but this reboot doesn’t make much sense. I don’ t know if Whedon or Gellar or anyone else were approached about this, or considered it, but I always thought the purpose of a reboot was to improve or jump-start a franchise which had run out of steam. We already HAD the Buffy reboot, back in 97. That’s the version that has fans, not the 92 mess. And Buffy didn’t just fade out with lousy final seasons. It finished strong, and during it’s seven year run, only season 4 was not quite up to snuff. If I didn’t think Whedon couldn’t find another interesting story to tell with the original cast, fine, but I think he easily could. Right now, this sounds not only unnecessary but a heart-breaker for those fans of the show that were holding out hope that one day Buffy and the Scoobies would make their way to the big screen.

Bummer.

Read the Empire Online account of this travesty HERE.

 

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One Response to “Grrrrr….Arrrrggh…Buffy heads to big screen without Whedon or Gellar”

  1. The Great Fatsby May 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    A sad day for all of fandom. I am weeping, right now.

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