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I’m not a Buffy fan and even I know it’s a pretty horrible idea to reboot the Buffy franchise only a little more than 5 years after the thing was on TV and a massive, massive hit. Star Trek at least had the good sense to wait till the franchise’s fans grew disinterested and a little long in the tooth. Buffy’s fandom is still vibrant, alive, and hungry for more. Instead of getting more, they’re getting screwed.
In case you missed it, there’s a Buffy reboot in the works from the people who produced the original, Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie which had nothing to do with the TV show and no one really liked. More details on that here. Fans haven’t been particularly happy since this somewhat wrongheaded announcement and neither, apparently, is the Buffy TV show’s cast.
Moviehole caught Anthony Stewart Head, who played the watcher Giles on the television show, on USA Weekend talking about the imminent reboot which will, unfortunately, not include him. Giles isn’t happy about it. He says, “I wouldn’t want to see it, no.” He then cuts right to the heart of the problem saying, “The Kuzuis didn’t do a great job on the movie the first time around. It was Joss’ script at the age of 19, but they changed a lot of it. They said, ‘Look, we know best and we know how to make this movie,’ and it became quite schlocky and high camp.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Why take the franchise away from the guy who made it popular, Whedon, and hand it over to the people who made it lame, the Kuzuis? Where’s the sense in that?