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Joss Whedon Comments On BUFFY Reboot

Posted on 23 November 2010 by Rich Drees

Perhaps understandably, a certain sector of geekdom is not happy with yesterday’s news that Warner Brothers is currently moving forward with a cinematic reboot of the popular Buffy, The Vampire Slayer franchise without the involvement of its creator Joss Whedon. Late yesterday Whedon took a few minutes out of prepping to shoot The Avengers to offer his own thoughts  on the matter in his own, inimitable style –

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

Via E! Online.

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Geek Gear: “Buffy Stakes Edward” T-Shirt

Posted on 19 August 2010 by Rich Drees

They say that brevity is the soul of wit. But even though the parody films of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Date Movie, Epic Movie, etc.) generally clock in at 86 minutes, that is about 85 minutes, 53 seconds  too long. Their latest, Vampires Suck, opens today and ostensibly takes pot shots at the phenomenon of mopey vampires we call Twilight. Given their past track record and the fact that this wasn’t screened for critics, I don’t have any hopes whatsoever that this latest offal, err, offering from the pair will be any different or better.

What Friedberg and Seltzer and will fail to do over the course of their film, the t-shirt below (available at Amazon in both men’s and women’s sizes) does in just a few words. It calls to mind a time when a franchise with vampires could be written with both emotional and intellectual depth in addition to being entertaining. (Do you think that Twilight will ever spawn the same type of field of scholarly analysis that Joss Whedon’s Buffy has?) Besides, I have to admit that it is kind of fun just to wear while out running errands or doing the grocery shopping just to see what reactions you get.

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Fillion And Longoria Up For AVENGERS

Posted on 24 June 2010 by William Gatevackes

It looks like the line-up at The Avengers is getting even more shored up, as rumors indicate that Ant Man and the Wasp are close to being cast.

Cinema Blend is one of many sources reporting that Nathan Fillion is up for Hank Pym, a.k.a. Ant-Man and quoting Comic Book Movie that Eva Longoria is also in negotiations to play his love interest, Janet Van Dyne, a.k.a. the Wasp in the 2012 film.

Rumors surrounding Fillion as Ant-Man have been around since at least April, when MTV’s Splash Page spoke to the actor about the role. At the time, he seemed very receptive.

“I appreciate that,” said Fillion of suggestions that he’d be perfect for the role of Pym. “Maybe it’s because of my diminutive size?”

“I’m familiar with the character,” said Fillion. “I think Hank’s powers come in really handy when you have to slip into a crack to defuse a bomb somewhere that no one else can reach. … Or spying in girls’ locker rooms.”

“But knowing Joss, he’d give him something very clever, and very cool to do — something that no one can do without,” he laughed.

Fillion said he hadn’t spoken with Whedon since the “Avengers” news, and at this point in his career, the “Buffy” creator has already done so much for him that he wouldn’t feel right asking for a role in the Marvel movie.

“There comes a point in time where one single man does so much for you that you can’t ask him to do anything more for you,” he said.

But what if Whedon offered him a part?

“Boom!” he shouted. “I’m in!”

This lends credibility to ComicBookMovie’s source who say the actor is “all-but-confirmed” in the role.

If Fillion is cast, it raises an interesting question about who had a say in the decision. Fillion is part of The Avengers‘ director Joss Whedon’s repertory of actors, having worked with the director on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Serenity, and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, so it’s natural that Whedon would choose Fillion for just about any role.

But Ant-Man is scheduled for his own film set to arrive, presumably, after The Avengers hits theaters. That long delayed project is directed by Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World‘s Edgar Wright. You would assume that Wright would have some sort of say in the choice of his lead actor, but the delays in getting his Ant-Man into production might have taken the choice out of his hands.

But, if this is the case, Wright shouldn’t worry. Fillion is a fine actor with a load of geek cred and would be absolutely perfect as Hank Pym.

If Fillion is cast, this would mean that the TV show Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place was a breeding ground for comic book film actors.Fillion joins fellow stars of the TV series Ryan Reynolds (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Green Lantern) and Traylor Howard (Son of the Mask) in the world of comic book films orspin-offs. If I was the show’s other co-lead, Richard Ruccolo, I’d get on the phone with my agent to capitalize on this action.

Longoria has been rumored for a role in a Marvel film for a long while now, ever since she was seen leaving Marvel Studios’ offices with a stack of comic books in her hand in 2008. In September of that year, we here at FilmBuffOnline were one of the first websites to theorize that Longoria might be up for the role of the Wasp in The Avengers. Okay, so we hedged our bets by saying she could be the Black Widow as well, but our being partially right should count for something.

Longoria and Fillion have worked on the Desperate Housewives TV series for a number of seasons, and should at least bring that sort of familiarity with each other, which would help in playing the roles of the romantically linked characters they are rumored for.

One would assume that if Longoria is cast for The Avengers, she would also be contractually mandated to reprise her role for Ant-Man. So, in essence, Marvel would be locking up casting for two films at the same time.

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Whedon Declines Work On New Big Screen BUFFY

Posted on 14 June 2009 by Rich Drees

buffymovieposter2Last month, the internet Outrage of the Month was the news that producer/director team Kaz and Fran Rubel Kuzui were planning on mounting a remake of the film version of Buffy The Vampire Slayer without the involvement of Joss Whedon, the writer who penned the film and then turned it into a television classic.

As the series’s fans redefine the notion of loyalty, a large hue and cry arose that an attempt to remount the property on the big screen without its creator amounts to sacrilege. And for the most part, the fans are probably right. The film version of Buffy is pretty much acknowledged as a failure, while the television series has received numerous critical plaudits. As films are generally considered a director’s medium while television is considered a writer’s medium, it seems fairly clear as to where credit for the film’s failure and the television series’s success can be laid.

The one thing fans seemed to have forgotten to ask themselves is, “Would Joss Whedon even want to be involved in a big screen remake of the film?”

Well, Entertainment Weekly actually did ask the writer/director that question and got an answer that may surprise some.

I believe [the producers] did ultimately reach out to my agent after the news broke… I think that’s something better left untouched by me. So, I wish them luck.

Of course, Whedon is fairly busy right now between serving as producer of the upcoming horror film Cabin In The Woods and starting up production of the second season of his series Dollhouse for Fox. But I have to wonder how much of his comment is fueled by bad feelings towards the Kuzuis over their bungling of the original film.

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BUFFY Heading To Big Screen Without Joss Whedon

Posted on 26 May 2009 by Rich Drees

buffymovieposter2Buffy The Vampire Slayer is heading back to the big screen, but without the involvement of her creator Joss Whedon.

There will be a brief pause while everyone asks themselves “What’s the point in that?”

The 1992 film’s original directors Fran Rubel Kuzui and Kaz Kuzui are looking at bringing the cult movie-turned-hit television series back to the big screen. But their new version will be a remake of the film, without any of the large supporting cast of characters from the television series or its spin-off, Angel, according to a story in the Hollywood Reporter.

While disappointing that Whedon won’t be involved, the Kuzuis are within their rights here. They are the owners of the Buffy film property, having purchased it when they bought the original feature film script from Whedon for their own production company. Although the resultant 1992 film was not a box office success, the couple were also instrumental in making the business deal to get Buffy launched as a series on the fledgling WB network. Although by all accounts, the Kuzuis had no further involvement with the series except to cash their paychecks for serving as executive producers.

If you think that the exclusion of the film’s original writer is no big deal, then you just aren’t familiar with the circumstances surrounding Buffy The Vampire Slayer. If you have ever read Whedon’s version of the feature film script or seen the resultant television series, you get a much truer idea of what Whedon had in mind for the character than if you have just seen the film version. Whedon mixed horror and comedy, where the Kuzui’s direction on the film missed the mark on both. For fans, Whedon’s distinct writing voice is as much an integral part of the franchise as any singular character.

Here’s hoping someone puts a stake through the heart of this idea before it progresses too much further.

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