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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

question of the day: Is ‘Buffy’ without Joss Whedon the worst idea ever?

Hollywood took a cue from the White House and sent its bad news out into the world on a day when no one would be paying attention. On Memorial Day, The Hollywood Reporter slipped this onto the Net:

A new incarnation of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” could be coming to the big screen.

“Buffy” creator Joss Whedon isn’t involved and it’s not set up at a studio, but Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment are working with original movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui, on what is being labeled a remake or relaunch, but not a sequel or prequel.

Because that original movie was so awesome, and like totally deserves a reboot!

But wait — there’s more:

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.”

One key difference: The original Trek didn’t suck.

One of the underlying ideas of “Buffy” allows Vertigo and Kuzui to do just that: that each generation has its own vampire slayer to protect it. The goal would be to make a darker, event-sized movie that would, of course, have franchise potential.

Oh, god, they’re trying to get on the Twilight bandwagon, aren’t they?

EW’s blog The Ausiello Files reached Whedon to get his reaction to the news. His response? “I hope it’s cool.”

Is Buffy without Joss Whedon the worst idea ever? Or take the corollary, if you like: Who could possibly reboot Buffy and make it worth watching?

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)



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