It’s well understood that there are two versions of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” There is the popular television version that made Sarah Michelle Gellar and Joss Whedon household names. And then there is the film version that was such a terrible bit of cinema that it is patently amazing that a television series ever received a green light other than in terms of prison lingo that I learned from watching “The Shield.”
Of course, as we detailed last week, the company that actually owns the rights to Buffy is plowing right ahead with a reboot that jettisons everything Joss interjected into the television show. It’s like a slow motion replay of that original film:
Joss: Okay here’s the script for my idea!
Studio: Excellent, now go away.
Joss: But, wait, you’re doing that wrong.
Studio: Go away little writer boy.
Joss: But, I really don’t think the script wants touched like that.
Donald Sutherland: Is it cool if I just make up my lines as I go?
Studio: What we really need to do is work Pee-Wee Herman in.
Joss: No wonder I don’t even blink at Fox’s abuse ten years from now.
But there is now excellent news for the reboot, a sign perhaps that it can be redeemed after all. Kristy Swanson wants in on the new version. Granted, until 2009 she hadn’t been in a film in a decade, but I think this is exactly the sort of star power needed to make the reboot a success. And although at 40 she might be expected to play Buffy’s mom, I say the hell with it, let her play the teenaged slayer. It can’t be a worse idea than anything else that they’re doing with this mess.