Buffy remake gets a stake in the heart

by Paul Shirey

For some fans this will be a cause for celebration and for others it will be ‘meh,’ but apparently the Buffy remake that was announced earlier this year has hit a major snag as first-time screenwriter Whit Anderson has turned in a dud to the studio.  Sources close to the project have said that the script fell “way short of expectations” and that a new screenwriter is being sought.  However, producers seem to be leery of the project completely now, based largely on the fan backlash that occurred when the remake was announced.

Joss Whedon, the creator and showrunner of the long-running Buffy series (and writer of the original film) had this to say about the remake: “This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths — just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.”

Obviously, Whedon “gets” the Hollywood game, even if he’s disappointed by it.  Still, the project lingers, but where it goes from here is anyone’s guess.  Screenwriter Anderson (pictured…and, wow.) “came in with some great ideas and she had reinvented some of the lore and it was pretty cool but in the end there just wasn’t enough on the page,” according to an insider, “If you’re going to bring it back, you have to do it right.”

Does this show that the producers actually care about making something proper out of the project?  And then there’s the larger question: Do we really need a Buffy remake?


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