We're now approximately a little over a year and a half away from me being proven right about the wisdom behind "Spiderlight" (though it'll be an additional 2 to 5 years before many/most are willing to admit it...) and the "reboot" mini-trend is still ramping up. Next on the docket: Warner Bros. today announces that they're going ahead with a new "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" movie.
Without Joss Whedon involved. At all.
For those not "up" on how this all works behind the scenes, Whedon doesn't actually "own" Buffy. He wrote the original screenplay that was turned into a sort-of-okay movie back in 1992, but wasn't a fan of how it ended up. When given the opportunity to expand his concept into a TV series, he went for it and the rest is recent-history.Warners has been talking about doing another movie seperate from the show for years now, but apparently a "reimagining" pitch by a completely-unknown screenwriter named Whit Anderson, who thus far has offered up little solid information about the project other than the profession of being a "big fan" of the show and the now-mandatory namedropping of "Batman Begins" as a kind of preemptive defense of the reboot concept.
All in all, some really, really depressing news.
The story behind the story, of course, is that Warner Bros. is clearly still looking for a new stable cash-cow franchise. They've been able to rely on "Harry Potter" for a yearly garaunteed mega-hit for almost a decade now, and with that ship about to sail they've been scrambling for replacements. Hence, the sudden rush to get a Marvel Studios-style "machine" in place for the DC properties and now this.