The New BUFFY Movie Is Temporarily Staked

Newbie screenwriter gets dragged through the mud.

You have to feel bad for Whit Anderson. The screenwriter is a newcomer, and out the gate she ended up with a not-so-choice assignment: writing a remake of the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Anderson was stuck with the movie, and couldn't use any of the larger mythology or characters created for the TV show. On the one hand she was being forced to use a movie that wasn't that great, but on the other hand she was looked upon as encroaching on sacred territory, even though she wasn't really.

And a year later it's all done anyway. Anderson's script was rejected and the producers are now said to be second-guessing the very idea of rebooting Buffy. The fan uproar was apparently loud enough to scare them off. Does this mean the property just lays stagnant, occasionally appearing in comic books? 

By the way, check out the original LA TImes Hero Complex story for this. Does it seem unneccessarily meanspirited to you? Does it seem weird to have a huge photo of a completely unknown screenwriter staring out at the reader? Wouldn't it make more sense for it to be a picture of either the movie Buffy or the TV Buffy? And there's the information from anonymous sources, saying the script "fell far short of expectations and, in the end, was rejected completely." That feels mean as well. Something here is making my gender politics area itch.