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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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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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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 Turned Down Chance To Helm New ‘Buffy’

30 November 2010 9:45 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

News that Joss Whedon was offered a chance to be involved with the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer" reboot at Warner Bros and passed helped shed light on his recent comments slamming the project. According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” "Buffy" creators Fran and Kaz Kuzui and Sandollar Productions (Sandy Gallin and Dolly Parton) approached Whedon first when they started development on a new “Buffy” movie and he turned them down in order to work on other projects like "The Avengers." "This is a sad, sad reflection of 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," Whedon said in an earlier interview. »

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Joss Whedon Turned Down Chance To Helm New ‘Buffy’

30 November 2010 9:45 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

News that Joss Whedon was offered a chance to be involved with the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer" reboot at Warner Bros and passed helped shed light on his recent comments slamming the project. According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” "Buffy" creators Fran and Kaz Kuzui and Sandollar Productions (Sandy Gallin and Dolly Parton) approached Whedon first when they started development on a new “Buffy” movie and he turned them down in order to work on other projects like "The Avengers." "This is a sad, sad reflection of 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," Whedon said in an earlier interview. »

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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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Joss Whedon Passed on the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reboot

30 November 2010 6:55 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Earlier this month, it was announced that Warner Bros. bought the rights to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and hired Whit Anderson to reboot the franchise in her screenwriting debut. This news led to internet outrage that Warner Bros. was going through with a Buffy film without involving Joss Whedon in any way whatsoever in their plans.  Whedon released a statement, saying

“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.”

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Whedon was reportedly approached about the Buffy reboot, but he passed.  Read why after the jump.

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who thought Whedon’s statement, »

- Ramses Flores

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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 »

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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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Oh, Buffy! I don't know whether to weep or cheer

24 November 2010 3:32 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A new Buffy the Vampire Slayer film is to be made – without Joss Whedon. Can worshippers bear to watch?

Oh, this is terrible. I feel like Buffy at the end of season two, with Angel poised on her swordtip and torn between her loyalty to the man(-type thing) she loves and her duty to a higher calling. What do we do? Where do we turn?

Such is the dilemma posed by the news that a new Buffy movie is to be made – without Joss Whedon. The creator of the Slayer, first incarnated in the 1992 film starring Kristy Swanson and then reborn as the protagonist of the world's best ever television series, does not own the film rights. Those who do – Kaz Kuzui, executive producer on the series, and his wife Fran Rubel – have decided to reboot the franchise without him.

Spike himself would surely blanch – were he not already bloodless – at the heartlessness, »

- Lucy Mangan

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Joss Whedon written out of Buffy film

24 November 2010 1:38 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Warner Bros plans new movie of the vampire slayer, but without any of the cast of the cult TV series or its furious creator

It was the story the fans have long been waiting for: the return of Buffy, feminist icon and slayer of vampires – and this time on the big screen.

But any good cheer was quickly drowned out by rage and upset yesterday as it emerged that Warner Bros was planning to make its film version of the cult TV series without Joss Whedon, the show's creator – and, it appears, without any of the cast of the long-running show.

In an email, Whedon said yesterday: "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 ... I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. »

- Andrew Pulver

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Joss Whedon Not Happy About Buffy The Vampire Slayer Movie

23 November 2010 9:31 PM, PST | FilmInk.com.au | See recent FilmInk.com.au news »

It's been confirmed this week that Warner Bros. have acquired the rights to reboot Buffy The Vampire Slayer - the popular series which ran from 1997-2003 and the film from 1992 - into a film without any involvement from the series' and the original film's creator Joss Whedon.   Having purchased the rights from producers Fran and Kaz Kuzui, Warner Bros. and Atlas Entertainment have stated that they are embarking on a "re-imagining of Buffy and the world she inhabits" for the big screen.   According to website Coming Soon, the reboot is set to be directed by an actress (with three small film credits to her name! »

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A "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Movie Without Creator Joss Whedon? Read His Reply!

23 November 2010 5:35 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Buffyverse came to a halt with news that creator Joss Whedon would not be a part of the reboot. But if you're an avid Manny the Movie Guy reader, you know that back in May of last year, we posted a story pretty much saying that Whedon was not going to be involved (Check out "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" the Movie! But Wait, Creator Joss Whedon is Not Involved!)

Back then we said:

The new "Buffy" film, however, would have no connection to the TV series, nor would it use popular supporting characters like Angel, Willow, Xander or Spike. Vertigo and Kuzui are looking to restart the story line without trampling on the beloved existing universe created by Whedon, putting the parties in a similar situation faced by Paramount, J.J. Abrams and his crew when relaunching "Star Trek."

Then we came across this press release confirming Whedon's non-involvement:

Los Angeles, »

- Manny

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Warners to bring back 'Buffy'

23 November 2010 12:53 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Warner Bros. and Atlas Entertainment will reboot "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" without franchise creator Joss Whedon. According to Variety, Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven and Steve Alexander are producing along with Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment. Whit Anderson, an actress-turned-screenwriter, has written an early script.Warners optioned the feature rights from Fran and Kaz Kuzui and Sandollar Productions, Sandy Gallin and Dolly Parton's production company. Fran Kuzui directed the 1992 feature film that Whedon wrote for Fox that starred Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry. "Buffy" was then spun off into a popular TV series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar that ended in 2003 after seven seasons.The series followed Buffy Summers (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar), the latest in a line »

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New, Whedon Free Buffy The Vampire Slayer Movie Goes Forward: Joss Expresses His Pain

23 November 2010 6:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

We told you last May that the director of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer film, Fran Kuzui and her husband Kaz Kuzui were working with Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment on a theatrical relaunch of Buffy. This relaunch would be created without writer/director Joss Whedon (The Avengers), who made the television series of the same name a cult classic.

Back in June of last year, Whedon responded to the announcement of the new film adaptation by saying,

“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.”

Now, Warner Bros. Pictures has hopped on board the project and it’s become new news yet again. Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring, How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed) now, along side Atlas Entertainment »

- Jason Moore

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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 the Vampire Slayer Reboot Moving Forward

22 November 2010 4:58 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Producer Charles Roven (The Dark Knight, Twelve Monkeys) and his Atlas Entertainment production company has teamed with Warner Bros to reboot "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Whit Anderson is writing the script for the new feature film. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" first appeared as a film in 1992, subsequently becoming a cult hit and spawning the wildly popular television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz, among many others. "Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update 'Buffy,'" said Roven. "There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character's return to the big screen. Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high school Buffy, she'll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be." Warners optioned the rights to the franchise from creators Fran and Kaz Kuzui. »

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