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Very Bad Ideas: Making A Whedon-Free 'Buffy' Reboot

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Joss Whedon: You might think you couldn't remake Buffy without him, but somebody thinks you can. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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If you've ever thought to yourself, "I would love to hear what Pete Best would have done with the rest of the Beatles catalogue, you'll be thrilled to hear that Fran Rubel Kuzui, the director of the original Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie, is pondering a reboot with no involvement by Joss Whedon, who wrote the movie and.created the long-running TV show.

Okay, the comparison to Pete Best may be unfair. But the idea of a Buffy movie without Whedon but with the director of the 1992 original movie that had nowhere near the cultural impact of the TV show does seem more than a little bizarre.

It's one thing to use a high-powered guy like J.J. Abrams to reboot Star Trek more than 40 years after the original show debuted on television, almost 18 years after Gene Roddenberry's death in 1991.

It's entirely another to try to do a Whedon-less Buffy movie only 17 years after the original Buffy movie and only six years after the end of the beloved TV series, while Whedon is still not only alive, and not only still making wildly popular projects like 2008's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, but still quite possibly the most cultishly revered showrunner in television.

The natural audience for a new Buffy movie is the existing Buffy fandom, which remains wildly loyal to Whedon to the point where its collective reaction to the reboot news this morning seems to revolve around words like "travesty."

Reboots often look unnecessary to begin with, but a reboot by the person who did the less successful version of something in an effort to take advantage of the appeal of the more successful version of it seems even worse.

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