A “Buffy” movie reboot is happening — without Joss Whedon

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Can we all just agree that this is a bad idea and call it a day? News has come out that Warner Brothers is in fact producing a movie reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the seminal teen horror/romance/comedy about a girl fighting the forces of darkness in a sleepy California town. (It's been off the air for like seven whole years, after all.) And while fans of the show might otherwise be rejoicing at this news, there's one little problem — Joss Whedon, the man behind it all, isn't involved. According to Deadline:

Atlas Entertainment is announcing today it is rebooting Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with Warner Bros Pictures. Atlas’ Charles Roven and Steve Alexander will produce the feature film alongside Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment Bros. Whit Anderson is writing the script after she approached Roven and others with an idea how to update Buffy. "While this is not your high school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be,” an insider says.

Whit Anderson, as far as anyone can tell, is apparently this twenty-nine-year-old actress who seems to have written… nothing before. Embarrassing confession time: I may or may not have written more than one college paper on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (I definitely, definitely did.) And so while I don't want to tear down this woman before she even starts — because if this thing happens what I would want is for her to do a great job, and maybe she will — this whole enterprise is making me very nervous. Can't we just learn to let go?