Remember that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" reboot that's been kicking around Hollywood? Consider it staked — for now, at least.
The Los Angeles Times reported late last week that screenwriter Whit Anderson — the newcomer who'd been hired to reinvent Joss Whedon's widely adored film, TV and comic book series about a teenage vampire slayer and her equally capable friends — has been booted from the project after delivering a script that "fell far short of expectations and, in the end, was rejected completely."
Fans of the Whedonverse and "Buffy" specifically are undoubtedly thrilled by the news of the reboot's apparent demise (the Los Angeles Times' original report notes that even though "a new writer is being sought," the project as a whole "may have lost some steam" following Anderson's disappointing effort). And fans aren't the only ones who are likely celebrating, as many cast and crew members associated with "Buffy" have already spoken out against the idea of tackling that story without Whedon's direct participation.
"I think it's a horrible idea," star Sarah Michelle Gellar said earlier this year. "To try to do a 'Buffy' without Joss Whedon, I mean that's, like, honestly, to be incredibly non-eloquent: that's the dumbest idea I've ever heard."
“It’s hard to imagine anybody but Joss bringing that to the screen," former "Buffy" writer Marti Noxon told MTV News in early 2011. "I wouldn’t want to be the person trying to write it. And I worked on the show, but I would not want to be that [person] because the fans are very loyal. They’re excruciatingly loyal, unless they hate you, in which case they’re excruciating about that too.”
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