Remember all those negative feelings towards the recently announced Buffy the Vampire Slayer remake, and how people are already saying they won't support it unless franchise creator Joss Whedon has a hand in it? Well, we've got news for you: he was offered the project, but passed on it.
Heat Vision reports that Whedon was approached last year by the current Buffy rightsholders and offered the chance to write and direct the new remake. But Whedon had bigger fish to fry, namely The Avengers, so he passed on the project and the producers went in search of another writer. This is when they found Whit Anderson, who “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.”
So, it's not like this Buffy is a total bastardization. Okay, well, it is, since Whedon isn't involved at all, but contrary to what his recent comments on the matter may sound like, he had a chance to be a part of it. We'll have to wait and see what happens. Whedon fans may hate the new Buffy, but they're all but guaranteed to love The Avengers. I think that's a fair trade.