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The consensus amongst the majority of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans seems to be that the forthcoming reboot from Warner Bros. and rookie screenwriter Whit Anderson is a bad call, chiefly because original creator Joss Whedon isn’t contributing to the project — but a new report suggests that Whedon’s lack of involvement is nobody’s fault but his own.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Buffy rights holder Fran Rubel Kuzui and husband Kaz approached Whedon last year with the opportunity to get involved in the developing remake. But Whedon reportedly passed on the offer, opting instead to work on new projects including The Avengers for Marvel Studios. Anderson was tapped to take a crack at the script following Whedon’s decision to stay clear of the reboot.
Whether or not Whedon made the right choice is certainly something fans could debate endlessly, but the fact that he was even offered a part in the reboot is an interesting new wrinkle to this already controversial story. After all, Whedon himself spoke out against the Buffy reboot just last week, citing mixed feelings over the project: “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.”
Perhaps no legal grounds, but it now appear that Whedon at least had an opportunity to put his stamp on the reboot, and passed. If that’s true, how does Whedon’s decision sit with you — do you think he made the right call? Does it make you even angrier? Sound off in the comments section and stay tuned to Spinoff Online for more news on the Buffy reboot as it develops.