It's been more than a year since the producers of the original "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" film threatened fans with a remake without Joss Whedon.
Just when you thought it was dead, like any horror film, it lives and is swinging that knife once again. This time, however, the weapon of choice is Warner Bros., taking over production of the film franchise following Twentieth Century Fox's original attempt in 1992.
Whedon, who turned the original film that made just $16 million at the box office into a cult classic television series, isn't taking the news of his creation going on without him lightly. Or is he?
"This is a sad, sad reflection of our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths," Whedon wrote to E! Online's Kristin Dos Santos. "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."
OK, Whedon is taking it lightly, but what can he do? He created Buffy, watched director Fran Rubel Kuzui twist it into something no one wanted to see, and was lucky to attract fans to The WB to see Sarah Michelle Gellar show Kristy Swanson how to do it right.
"Obviously, I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this," Whedon said. "Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?"
Whedon said he dreamed of creating a legacy with the superpowered woman who can defeat even the strongest demon. But not quite yet.
"I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death," Whedon said. "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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