Some things are better left alone

by Paul William Tenny

joss-whedon.jpgTHR is floating a story that the rights holder of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are looking to bring it back to the big screen. Before you get too terribly excited, you remember that curious and wonderful little inner-child responsible for all your hopes and dreams for the future? Yeah, I need to just stab it directly in the heart with a spoon, flailing and screaming, until it dies a cold, senseless and lonely death.

Joss Whedon, the minor deity that wrote the original screenplay (of questionable quality, but hey, even Alex Rodriguez strikes out some times), doesn't own the rights to the "franchise" and so far doesn't have anything to do with this reincarnation, which means you might as well just forget about this news and go on about your day as if none of this ever happened.

Still with me? Yeah, you're a sick bastard, but you're my kind of bastard.

These people do seem to have modicum of respect for what Whedon has done (and supposedly they supported the two television spin-offs which elevated him to said godly-status) and don't intend to freeload off his characters by rebooting the movie or the shows. That's all well and nice, but if you're not going reboot, then why are you "bringing it back" in the first place?

Why not just go off and do something completely new?

Wait a minute, why am I even bothering.

Who cares about why they going through the trouble of bringing something back if they are going to ignore as much of it as humanly possible, why isn't Joss already all over this (Dollhouse issues aside)?

I'm not sure that I would disagree with criticism of the feature film, it was pretty corny and definitely not at all what we've come to expect from one of the foremost social commentary gurus of his generation. Then again, the first handful of seasons of Buffy the TV series and even the first few seasons of Angel were pretty confused and lost.

On the other hand the final season of each of those two shows were perhaps some of the finest television I've ever seen, and we all know what incredible work Whedon and company (Tim Minear, everyone -- obviously television not a one man [or one woman] show) did with Firefly, and Serenity was been very well received critically.

Why wouldn't you want the man back on the job?

Insanity, I tell you, insanity.

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