We reported quite some time ago that the original owners of the rights to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the folks who put the movie together) were rebooting the franchise (aka, committing an act of domestic terrorism), with an eye toward bringing in a new generation of vampire slayers. That new generation, however, will not involve Joss Whedon or anyone else involved in the “Buffy” TV show, a notion that’s obviously horked off a lot of the fans who’re hooked on the Whedon junk, and even those who were involved in the television series in the first place. Like Willow. Pretty, pretty Willow.
Cinemablend actually caught up with Alyson Hannigan (now a series regular on “How I Met Your Mother”) and in an interview, asked her what she thought of the new Buffy. She seemed rather dismissive. Clearly, she’s on the Whedon junk, too.
We asked her about those Buffy remake plans and she seems as perturbed by the whole thing as the show’s fans. When we asked her what she thought of Buffy without Joss she said, “Yeah, and that’s a very big mistake in my opinion.” Whedon wrote both the ’90s movie and ran the subsequent spin-off television show she was a part of. So it makes sense that Hannigan says, “I mean if Joss isn’t involved, it’s only the title.”
And without Joss, there’s no way they’ll get her involved in it. Not even for a cameo. She says, “Not without Joss. Joss is the only reason that we would go back. I mean, it’s just ridiculous to think of that TV show without Joss. That’s just silly to me … And all the fans know that, too, so I don’t know what they’re thinking.”
Look, I’m sympathetic with Hannigan and the entire Whedon crew, which is why we made the Buffy reboot the most boneheaded Hollywood project in development. But then again, I wonder how willing Whedon would really be to returning to the franchise? And you can’t really cockblock Fran Rubel Kuzui, who owns the rights to “Buffy.” It’s the only thing she’s ever had: There’s still some milking to be done yet. They should just wait a few years, once the existing fanbase is flushed out and a new generation with less interest in quality (they were raised on Twilight, after all) comes around. And maybe the new Buffy will be chaste. And sing! Maybe they do a High School Musical version of Buffy, with a bunch of no-talent Disney nobodies.
And then, folks: We’ll transfer that Poltergeist curse onto Buffy, candies and nuts will rejoice, and we’ll all have a Merry Christmas. Except the new generation of vampire slayers. Cause they’ll be dead.
Speaking of Twilight, Kristen Stewart has a new movie coming out at Sundance this year (the full lineup was announced yesterday) called Welcome to the Rileys. The logline: It’s about “a damaged man who seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman during a business trip to New Orleans.”
That damaged man is played by James Gandolfini, and the wayward young woman is Kristen Stewart, and judging by these still shots from the Jake Scott film, “caring” has an entirely different meaning than what we might be accustomed to: