The way the Interwebs exploded last week when it was announced a big-screen Buffy was in the works without Joss Whedon, you'd think Warner Brothers had kicked a puppy. But it turns out that Whedon himself was mostly to blame.
Apparently, Whedon was offered a shot at being in charge of Buffy once more, but decided that The Avengers was more important.
According to studio insiders, he was approached last year after Buffy rightsholder Fran Rubel Kuzui and husband Kaz Kuzui began developing a remake with Vertigo. After presented with the opportunity, Whedon decided he'd rather work on other projects (he's making Marvel Studios' The Avengers). Producers then began searching for a writer and late last year hired actress-turned-scribe Whit Anderson. The unknown Anderson, with only bit film appearances to her credit, came up with a take on the Buffy myth that was strong enough after a couple of drafts to lure Atlas, which partnered with Vertigo to set it up at a studio.
Does that make you feel any better at the thought of a Whedon-less Buffy?
Nah. We didn't think so.