Buffy, hold the Wheadon…

by alphamonkey on May 26, 2009 · 5 comments

in Comics!

That's almost 2 whole actors!Nerdom is all a’twitter with the news that the rights holder to the original “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” film is looking to make another film – without Joss Wheadon’s input or involvement. That’s…. that’s just crazy talk.

Now don’t get me wrong – I’m not the world’s biggest Joss Wheadon fan. In fact I’ll go on record saying that the only work he’s produced that I actually truly loved from beginning to end was his 25 issue Astonishing X-Men run (which still managed to piss me off by being way off schedule half the time), but seriously? A Buffy film not helmed, written, or even consulted on by the man responsible for the whole damn thing? Well done, Hollywood. Well done. Why not “Godfather 4”, written and directed by McG?

Though I do have to make one point about any nerd furor – As EW states (after laying out how successful the Buffyverse comics have been earlier in the article): .

“Clearly, Joss has more Buffy stories to tell. Why not let him?”

I can answer that: Because outside of a small handful of issues, the Buffy Season Eight series has been putting the ‘meh’ in medium for about 18 months.

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  • http://www.transbuddha.com Cap’n Carrot

    I wouldn’t paint the majority of Season 8 as “meh.” Yes, it’s been up and down at times, but aside from that whole Fray storyline it’s been at least decent. Can’t say the same for Angel After the Fall though, which I gave up on after 8 issues, or so, before it could meander me to death.

  • http://www.transbuddha.com Cap’n Carrot

    As for doing a new Buffy movie without Whedon or any of the ancillary Buffyverse characters, that’s a recipe for disaster for any studio dumb enough to try. Hey, let’s totally piss-off the core group of fans we’re going to try to get to see this piece-o-crap before we even start working on a script. Somehow that doesn’t sound like a great business strategy to me.

    That’s like someone else making a Star Wars film without George Lucas…wait, now that’s an idea that has some merit!

  • Coos

    I loved the movie and hated the series. Although both were from Joss Whedon (who is a talentless hack, in my book) the movie and series were complete opposites in tone – which was intentional, from what I understand. Even Whedon himself supposedly told fans not to try to compare the two.

    If someone were going to make another Buffy movie in the same tone and style as the first, I would be all for it. Especially if Whedon wasn’t involved.

  • http://www.transbuddha.com Cap’n Carrot

    I think you’re in the minority Coos. Other than the hotness that is Kristy Swanson there’s little about the original movie and it’s extreme campiness that I can stand (and this is from a guy who loves the old Batman TV-show).

  • MavMurdoc

    I’m a Whedonite. That’s all that really needs to be said for me.

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