Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fox: The Reboot Creator or how I don't have the right to say anything about Buffy.

So there have been a few conflicting reports coming from around the web about whether or not 20th Century Fox has decided to reboot the 90's classic as either a movie or TV series. If we trace the roots of the TV Series back to the 1992 comedy-horror flick, starring hottie-then Kristy Swanson, as the titular character, an actual remake of the vampire film isn't so bad, however as a way to draw new people to the series it could be good for it's TV Series creator, Joss Whedon.
Damn, she's also a hottie-now
Whedon, A nerd God to millions, who I've often found to be the most humble of creators who's unfortunate string of events post-Buffy, as some sort of strange karmic sentiment for how life can run it's course. Create incredible universes, sadly never gain another audience. Sure, some people have stuck through Firefly, Dollhouse and other Whedon-related products, but whether or not he has had massive success or a great audience.
Bow before me, brown coats!
Whedon reacted yesterday saying:
This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can't think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself. 
And then closing the email with:
So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.

Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.

Whilst the last line is quite hilarious and his sign off partially melancholy, Whedon understands the culture we're in where rebooting is a lot easier in terms of making money. You have the established fanbase, which will debate both sides and will continue their mocking/hatred even post release to boost DVD/Blu-Ray sales, on top of that, if the company owns the original copyright of the TV Series/movie, DVD sales and rentals of said original IP will go through the roof creating an even bigger buzz and finally at release people will go see it for one of two reasons:
They are pumped
They are curious.
And so the internet fight continues...forever...
How I wish internet fighting was really like
Both netting in over millions of dollars. Of course, this doesn't always work for established franchises or adaptations (see: Scott Pilgrim), it has worked time and time again for Reboots.
Of course being someone who has:
Never watched an episode of Firefly (but plan on starting soon)
Never seen Serenity (will probably watch after the 20 or so episodes of Firefly)
Seen about 5 full episodes of Buffy (I've been busy)
Watched all of the first season of Dollhouse then gave up (Seriously, busy)
and found Dr. Horrible to be alright and not amazing (it was funny, had a great cast, but overall lacklustre)
I don't think I have a fair say in Whedon matters (see: The Title) other than I whole-heartedly support him over Fox regarding creative control over anything. I've read the script to his upcoming project, Cabin in the Woods and it is absolutely hilarious and I really hope him and Drew have final say on the film itself, because the dialogue and humour in it is spot on. The man has proven time and time again that a cult following can be the greatest following you can have and that their support is greater than the millions of dollars Avatar, Titanic and Skyline can make and probably be forgotten for.
Then again he does have an Emmy...

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