Here’s something you must always take with a grain of salt: when people without geek cred are brought on to reboot or adapt popular properties and drop the ‘I am such a huge fan of this material’ line. I don’t know what it is exactly, but it seems like these people are either a) lying or b) have such a weird relationship with the material that their take on it is unrecognizable. There are some exceptions to this rule, as always, but generally speaking the second a writer or director (without the geek cred) starts talking about what a huge fan they are, we’re in trouble.
Whit Anderson, who is writing the cinematic reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, says she’s a really big fan of the TV show.
Anderson talked to the LA Times and delivered absolutely nothing of interest except for her headshot and WASPy name (both of which, by the way, make her actually quite similar to the heroine she is writing). She lamely namedrops Batman Begins as a touchstone for the reboot, but that film’s producer Charles Roven is producing the Buffy reboot, and she’s talking to Geoff Boucher, who seems to have his tape recorder lodged deep inside Chris Nolan’s rectum, so Batman is a safe harbor.
She doesn’t talk about any of her plans. Will the reboot include characters from the show? Will it be similar to the movie in that it’s a light mythology or will it be more expansive, and an ensemble? I think the thing that isn’t being discussed here is that Buffy was rarely anyone’s favorite character on Buffy; the magic of the show was the wide and ever-changing ensemble and the ways they interacted. Frankly I’m not that interested in revisiting Buffy without Xander and Willow by her side.
There’s no director right now, but Roven hopes to get this sucker in theaters by 2012. The most that Whit gives about the story is that it will be ‘very much of the moment,’ which doesn’t make that much sense as I don’t particularly believe ‘the moment’ has changed that drastically since Buffy aired. It isn’t really all that different since the original movie, to be honest. Unless she’s subtly telling us that this is going to be yet another metaphor for the war on terror.
For nothing more about what Whit is planning to do with the property and to also read some empty quotes from Roven, hit The LA Times.