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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Joss Whedon Turned Down Reboot Movie

2 December 2010 8:59 AM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

You may recall that we reported that a reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is moving forward without the involvement of Joss Whedon, the creator of the 1992 movie and the 1997-2003 series that followed.

It turns out that Whedon was offered the project. According to THR, Whedon was approached by Fran Rubel Kuzui (the director of the original movie) and her husband Kaz Kuzui, who own part of the rights to the Buffy concept, to be involved. He turned it down, preferring to work on other projects. The Kuzui couple then found actress/writer Whit Anderson and liked her idea for a reboot.

They were then to attract Atlas Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment who then were able to get Warner Bros. interested. Fox, who distributed the original movie, was offered the project first but passed and Warners said "yes." »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Joss Whedon Was Approached To Make 'Buffy' Movie... And Turned It Down

1 December 2010 1:30 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Joss Whedon won't be "left to his pain" so much after this little "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" development. Warner Bros. has been made to seem like the Big Bad Guy in this situation when they chose to reboot "Buffy" without the involvement of Whedon, who wrote the screenplay for the original feature film and spearheaded the TV series.

Turns out Whedon actually was offered the first opportunity for a "Buffy" reboot, though -- at least that the tune WB insiders are singing -- which kind of takes away from our little Whedon pity fest. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon decided to pass on the film because he'd rather work on other projects (read: "The Avengers") and it was only then that producers turned to unknown writer Whit Anderson. She came up with a version of the myth that captured the studios' attention, and Warner Bros. decided to go forward »

- Terri Schwartz

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Warner Bros. to Joss Whedon -- You Passed On "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Movie!

1 December 2010 9:46 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

As "Buffy" fans, we all are in unison that in every generation, you can only have a chosen one to make a film version of the beloved TV show. And we all agreed that creator Joss Whedon is the chosen one.

Well, for weeks, the internet was buzzing about the supposed non-inclusion of creator Joss Whedon in the planned big-screen version from Warner Bros.

Now, studio insiders are saying that Whedon was the one who slayed "Buffy." We'll get to that in a minute. But first, let's recap the drama shall we?

Previously, on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" movie adaptation drama (circa May 2009) we said:

So, the news about "Buffy the Vampire Slaer" remake or "relaunch" made me happy, and then...I heard that creator Joss Whedon is Not part of it!

Right now, there's no studio behind the project, no Whedon in sight, but the original movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, »

- Manny

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Reminder: Producers Offered ‘Buffy’ Reboot to Joss Whedon, Who Wisely Declined

1 December 2010 8:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Briefly: There's the story making the rounds that, in the wake of the recent development on a new big-screen version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy creator Joss Whedon was offered a chance to be part of the film and declined. Except -- guess what? -- this would appear to be the same offer for him to participate on which we reported way back in the misty, lost days of July 2009 . (How quickly the internet forgets.) So, while THR has pushed forward the tale that original remake developers Fran Rubel Kuzui and husband Kaz Kuzui offered Joss Whedon a chance to be part of the remake, there appears to be no news here. Only a reminder. But I have seen some commentary that seems to be underhandedly scolding Mr. Whedon for not taking the job, and suggesting, 'well, you had your chance to work with this one, so no reason to complain now. »

- Russ Fischer

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Whedon Was Offered, Turned Down Chance To Backpedal With ‘Buffy’ Reboot

1 December 2010 8:22 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

“Hey Joss, it’s Chuck, Chuck Roven. Super, how are you? Good, good. Listen, babe, I was doing the backstroke in that swimming pool filled with Johnnie Walker Blue Label I bought with my ‘Dark Knight’ money, and I got an idea. I don’t know if it was sheer inspiration or alcohol poisoning, but I had two words in my head: ‘Buffy… Reboot.’ I know you’ve done it twice before, but what do ya think, buddy, third time’s the charm? Huh? Hello? Hello? You still there, Jossy?”

That’s our speculative impression of what may have gone down when “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon got the call from producer Charles Roven to reboot the franchise he created for the 1992 movie and then re-envisioned for the highly popular TV series, which ran from 1997 to 2003.

According to Heat Vision, this call really happened, although Roven may or »

- Max Evry

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More Buffy Gossip: Whedon Passed on Movie?

1 December 2010 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

THR's Heat Vision is stirring up more dirt regarding the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot and, to be honest, you should probably just take it as spin. Borys Kit's studio insiders say Buffy rights holders Fran Rubel Kuzui and Kaz Kuzui turned to Whedon to develop the remake. But he passed on the opportunity to work on other projects. Fox reportedly dragged its feet on the property, so it was taken to Warner Bros., too. After the recent fan backlash, I can imagine the Kuzuis are scrambling to counter Whedon's recent comments on the upcoming project . In a story, last year , when all of this Buffy remake business began, the Kuzuis said they wanted a film with no ties to the universe Whedon created. Not exactly an enticing offer for Whedon even if he was approached. »

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Joss Whedon 'turned down' work on new Buffy film

1 December 2010 3:57 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Reports claim Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator, who suggested he was in pain over his omission from movie, refused role

When Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon went public with apparent dismay at being cut out of the picture for a forthcoming new film, fans from London to Los Angeles took to the internet to express their ire. But matters may not have been quite as they first appeared: according to The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon turned down the chance to be involved in the project.

Citing studio insiders, the movie industry bible said yesterday that owners of the rights to the character had approached Whedon last year to see if he might be interested in working on a new film. He reportedly said he would rather concentrate on other projects. He has imminent comic book ensemble piece The Avengers on his schedule.Such a sequence of events would appear »

- Ben Child

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Joss Whedon Passed on Buffy Remake?

30 November 2010 7:56 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Just about a week removed from when "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon asked to be left "to his pain" regarding Warner Brothers' upcoming redux of the hit property Buffy the Vampire Slayer, some more news has come to light regarding Whedon's possible involvement.

The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog reports that according to studio insiders, Whedon was approached last year after "Buffy" rightsholder Fran Rubel Kuzui and husband Kaz Kuzui began developing a remake with Vertigo.

After being presented with the opportunity, Whedon decided he'd rather work on other projects (he's making Marvel Studios' The Avengers). Producers then began searching for a writer and late last year hired actress-turned-scribe Whit Anderson. The unknown Anderson, with only bit film appearances to her credit, came up with a take on the "Buffy" mythos that was strong enough after a couple of drafts to lure Atlas, which partnered with Vertigo to set it up at a studio. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Duh: Joss Whedon passed on new 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' movie

30 November 2010 6:27 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Recent events have shown us that a handful of Warner Brothers executives and evil franchise owners Fran Rubel Kuzui and Kaz Kuzui are the only people who actually think that a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" movie is a good idea.

But that doesn't mean that they didn't at least try to make the cinematic reboot a non-disaster. Before signing unknown scribe Whit Anderson to take care of the screenplay, The Hollywood Reporter says the project was pitched to "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon.

Naturally, Whedon said, "thanks, but no thanks" -- or, more likely, just "no thanks."

Whedon reportedly wanted to work on other projects -- like his upcoming adaptation of "The Avengers" -- but aren't there other reasons at play here? Whedon was not a fan of what happened with the original "Buffy" film, largely based on changes made by rightsholder and director Rubel Kuzui. It's why he pushed so »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Did Joss Whedon Turned Down the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Remake?

30 November 2010 6:15 PM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

What, what? So Joss Whedon was actually offered the gig of rebooting the movie version of his cherished “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” franchise but turned it down? That’s apparently the case according to Heat Vision, who quotes “studio insiders” saying just that. Yes, I’m very well aware that this is just the studio trying to do some damage control in order to control the nerd rage. Still, if true, it makes you wonder if Whedon should have publicly (albeit wittily) decry the remake if he said No to an offer to take control of the remake. According to studio insiders, [Joss Whedon] was approached last year after Buffy rightsholder Fran Rubel Kuzui and husband Kaz Kuzui began developing a remake with Vertigo. After presented with the opportunity, Whedon decided he’d rather work on other projects (he’s making Marvel Studios’ The Avengers). As you’ll recall, news of a »

- Nix

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Whedon Passed On The Buffy Reboot?

30 November 2010 4:03 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

You might have heard the gigantic fansplosion when it was announced last week that the plans to reboot Buffy the Vampire Slayer had crawled from their limbo grave, snagged hold of a concept from actress/writer Whit Anderson and were headed for the screen via Warner Bros. We threw in our take, but among all the hand wringing and what-about-Whedon-itude, one seemingly important fact was unknown at the time: Joss had had the chance to take the reigns of the reboot himself. And passed.According to The Hollywood Reporter – which is quoting “studio insiders” – Whedon was approached last year after Fran Rubel Kuzui and Kaz Kuzui began developing the film remake. And though he was handed the opportunity to return his most famous creation to the big screen, he decided instead to opt for work on Marvel’s Avengers adventure.Enter Anderson, who cooked up a take on the mythology »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Reboot Feature Film Moving Forward without Joss Whedon

23 November 2010 5:22 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

You may recall that, back in June 2009, there was talk of doing a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie without the involvement of creator Joss Whedon, star Sarah Michelle Gellar, or the rest of the TV show cast.

The original 1992 Buffy feature film (on which the TV show was based) was directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband Kaz put together the financing. The final product wasn't what Whedon envisioned so he was happy to take another stab at the concept a few years later as a TV show. Whedon and the Kuzuis shared executive producer credits but the latter pair's involvement only stemmed from their rights to the original movie.

Warner Bros. has now optioned the rights from the Kuzuis and Sandollar Productions (Sandy Gallin and Dolly Parton) for a new film. It will be a reboot based »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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'Who the fuck is Whit Anderson?' And other 'Buffy' remake stuff

23 November 2010 12:14 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Whit Anderson, some actresss-turned-screenwriter, is the person who is now responsible for the new Buffy film. She's also probably going to Be in it. Joss Whedon hates her.

Whit Anderson has, like, fewer IMDb credits that I do. Who is this person? Why did new producer Charles Roven immediately pimp her version of the script and buy the rights from Fran Rubel Kuzui, who was ready to direct the remake? Does this seem like, oh, I don't know, the kind of stupid shit that happens to people who don't deserve it, like, say, 'Diablo Cody'? I'm having flashbacks.

This is Whitney 'Whit Anderson', who probably wrote the script so she could be in the movie. She recently decided to go with 'Whit' over 'Whitney', because it is so much fucking more pretentious than just having a name, now that she's going to be such a huge star.

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- Superheidi

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Joss Whedon bares his teeth over new Buffy film

23 November 2010 7:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Cult creator makes his feelings known by email after an unknown is asked to write and star in vampire movie

Hell hath no fury like a film-maker scorned. Joss Whedon, the cult creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has hit out at producers planning to shoot a new film based on his most famous invention in an email to E! Online which might just count as his most sardonic public missive yet. And this from the man who offered to take over the multi-million-dollar Terminator franchise provided the rights owners dropped their asking price to just $10,000.

The new Buffy is being written by Whit Anderson, a screenwriter and actor who may also take a role in the film. Few people bar the executives at Warner Bros who have given her the job seem to have any sort of clue who she is. Typically, however, Whedon chooses to let us read »

- Ben Child

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Joss Whedon bares his teeth over new Buffy film

23 November 2010 7:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cult creator makes his feelings known by email after an unknown is asked to write and star in vampire movie

Hell hath no fury like a film-maker scorned. Joss Whedon, the cult creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has hit out at producers planning to shoot a new film based on his most famous invention in an email to E! Online which might just count as his most sardonic public missive yet. And this from the man who offered to take over the multi-million-dollar Terminator franchise provided the rights owners dropped their asking price to just $10,000.

The new Buffy is being written by Whit Anderson, a screenwriter and actor who may also take a role in the film. Few people bar the executives at Warner Bros who have given her the job seem to have any sort of clue who she is. Typically, however, Whedon chooses to let us read »

- Ben Child

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Whedon Not Happy With "Buffy" Reboot

23 November 2010 7:13 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

In an official press release, Atlas Entertainment announced yesterday plans to reboot "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as a feature film franchise at Warner Bros. Pictures.

"Buffy" started life as a poorly reviewed 1992 teen horror comedy starring Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry, Hilary Swank, Paul Reubens, David Arquette and Rutger Hauer. The $7 million flick, penned by Joss Whedon and directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui, pulled in $16 million at the box-office but generally was seen as a flop and forgotten.

Five years later Whedon, Kuzui and Gail Berman teamed and sold the concept as a more dramatic teen-aimed horror television series. Completely different and much darker in tone to the campy original film, this serialized, mythology-heavy, angst-fueled, often funny series cleverly fused horror, relationship drama and FX-intensive action. It went on to great acclaim, solid ratings, many awards and its own spin-off series before coming to a strong end in 2004.

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- Garth Franklin

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Remake Moves Forward; Joss Whedon Reacts

23 November 2010 6:55 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Fans were upset when it was announced that a remake of 1992's Buffy the Vampire Slayer was in the works but without Joss Whedon. While Whedon wrote the screenplay for the 1992 movie and reworked the story into the popular TV series, the rights to Buffy belong to Kaz and Fran Kuzui, who bought the rights from Whedon in 1992 (Fran also directed the original movie). Whedon has admitted that the Kuzuis contacted his agent after the news of the Buffy remake surfaced, but remarked that the remake was "something better left untouched by me." Over a year later, and Warner Bros. is moving forward with the Buffy remake.

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- Ryan Gowland

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Fans furious about new Buffy film, Joss Whedon responds

23 November 2010 6:14 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Devoted fans have reacted with dismay and anger at Warner Bros' plans to make a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer feature film.

Created by Joss Whedon, Buffy first launched as a 1992 movie and then a TV series, which ran from 1997 to 2003 and led to the spin-off Angel (1999 to 2004). Kristy Swanson starred in the film, with Sarah Michelle Gellar taking the title role for the TV show.

In May 2009, Vertigo Entertainment revealed they were discussing a new film with Fran Rubel Kuzui, who directed the earlier movie and whose Kuzui Enterprises owned the rights. The parties were meeting with writers and then hoped to find a studio to pick up the idea.

That studio is Warner Bros, which last night announced it had bought the screen rights and would "reboot the beloved franchise" with a new film, which will be produced by Atlas Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment.

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- David Bentley

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Joss Whedon Unhappy About Buffy Reboot

23 November 2010 2:16 AM, PST | LOVEFiLM | See recent LOVEFiLM news »

The man behind cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, director and producer Joss Whedon, has proclaimed his distain at the prospect of a big-screen reboot.

Whedon – who found fame with the concept of troubled teenager forced to battle her own hellish demons – has spoken out against big-wig studio Warner Bros. who recently bought the rights from original movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui.

"I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, after," Whedon told E! Online.

"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."

After a flop film with Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry, »

- jennifer.trevorrow@lovefilm.com (Jennifer Trevorrow)

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'Buffy' Big Screen Remake Dead?

17 June 2010 3:46 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Apparently, teenage actress Vanessa Hudgens has turned down the chance to team up with Sarah Michelle Gellar and bring Buffy the Vampire Slayer back from the dead, according to ShowBiz Spy. Which makes no sense to us because the last we heard about a year ago, the director of the original film, Fran Rubel Kuzui, was producing her own remake with Vertigo Entertainment, and it would be a remake, not a sequel or a prequel. What, then, is this crap? And what of the Season 8 comics out there, with Joss Whedon's input? Would That storyline just be ignored?

The High School Musical star was approached by producers to work alongside Gellar in a big screen reboot of the hit TV show but, according to movie insiders, Vanessa wasn’t interested...

A 'source' says that Vanessa "felt that with Twilight still so massive Buffy would not be the best option right now. »

- Superheidi

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