Dustin noted yesterday that for some reason all of the trade news outlets are reposting the story about the Buffy reboot that has no Joss Whedon involvement at all, despite any real movement on the story. Joss Whedon launched into the fray though, which makes it actual news, not because anything actually happened, but because Whedon is hilarious. So the real news item for today is: “No News on Buffy Reboot, but Joss Whedon is a Witty Sort.”
Here’s what he had to say when asked by E! Online:
Kristin, I’m glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film. 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 I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this. My first reaction upon hearing who was writing it was, “Whit Stillman AND Wes Anderson? This is gonna be the most sardonically adorable movie EVER.” Apparently I was misinformed. Then I thought, “I’ll make a mint! This is worth more than all my Toy Story residuals combined!” Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?
I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don’t love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I’m also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly. I can’t wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill. I can, however, take this time to announce that I’m making a Batman movie. Because there’s a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.
Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.
This brings up two points. First, Joss clearly still has got it. Second, with that being the case, why the hell did “Dollhouse” suck so badly?
(source: E! Online)