Twitter warrior and Hollywood A-lister Joss Whedon has announced he’ll be rebooting his career-making, cult hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
But this reboot won’t just be any old reboot…it’s going to be a WOKE REBOOT.
20th Century Fox Television, who produced the original Joss Whedon drama, have put a new take on the beloved Sarah Michelle Gellar drama in development. Writer Monica Breen, who worked with Whedon on ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, has been hired to pen the adaptation and serve as showrunner on the reboot.
Whedon will be an exec producer on the series and has been working with Breen on the script, which features a black actress stepping into the role of Buffy made famous by Gellar.
Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui (who produced Whedon’s original Buffy film that inspired the TV series) will also serve as exec producers on the potential series. A network is not yet attached for the new Buffy, talks for which began last fall. Producers Fox 21 TV Studios will pitch the Buffy re-do to streaming and cable outlets later this summer in a package bound to ignite a bidding war. It’s unclear if Whedon will have any additional role on the new Buffy due to his other commitments, which include HBO’s recent straight-to-series order The Nevers.
Talks for a new Buffy began last fall. A decision to move forward was determined after Breen was identified as the right writer for the reboot. A script or director has not yet been determined. Casting for the central role of Buffy has also not yet been determined. The new version, sources say, will be contemporary and build on the mythology of the original. Like today’s world, the new Buffy will be richly diverse, with some aspects of the series, like the flagship, seen as metaphors for issues facing society today.
There’s no doubt that Whedon is a talented writer and he gave us Firefly, so he’s built up a lot of good will with the very fans that he continually insults and judges in his endless Twitter rants and sanctimonious political videos. But as we’ve seen with so many left-wing personalities recently, the walk often looks a lot different than the talk.
Whedon has a lot to say about Donald Trump’s philandering and “women-hating Republicans” but last year his ex-wife outed him as a power-hungry serial cheater.
Fifteen years later, when he was done with our marriage and finally ready to tell the truth, he wrote me, “When I was running ‘Buffy,’ I was surrounded by beautiful, needy, aggressive young women. It felt like I had a disease, like something from a Greek myth. Suddenly I am a powerful producer and the world is laid out at my feet and I can’t touch it.” But he did touch it. He said he understood, “I would have to lie — or conceal some part of the truth — for the rest of my life,” but he did it anyway, hoping that first affair, “would be ENOUGH, that THEN we could move on and outlast it.”
Joss admitted that for the next decade and a half, he hid multiple affairs and a number of inappropriate emotional ones that he had with his actresses, co-workers, fans and friends, while he stayed married to me. He wrote me a letter when our marriage was falling apart, but I still didn’t know the whole truth, and said, “I’ve never loved anyone or wanted to be with anyone in any real or long-term way except for you ever. And I love our life. I love how you are, how we are, who you are and what we’ve done both separately and together, how much fun we have…” He wanted it all; he didn’t want to choose, so he accepted the duality as a part of his life.
Then later, after he confessed everything, he told me, “I let myself love you. I stopped worrying about the contradiction. As a guilty man I knew the only way to hide was to act as though I were righteous. And as a husband, I wanted to be with you like we had been. I lived two lives.” When he walked out of our marriage, and was trying to make “things seem less bewildering” to help me understand how he could have lied to me for so long, he said, “In many ways I was the HEIGHT of normal, in this culture. We’re taught to be providers and companions and at the same time, to conquer and acquire — specifically sexually — and I was pulling off both!”
Kai Cole went on to reveal something that every Whedon fan should remember in the era of #MeToo:
But I now see how he used his relationship with me as a shield, both during and after our marriage, so no one would question his relationships with other women or scrutinize his writing as anything other than feminist.
Joss Whedon thinks he’s immune from the same criticism he lobs at people he doesn’t even know on the other side of the political just because he’s created a feminist heroine. Like so many people who fall under the spell of Tinsel Town, he’s fooled himself into believing that the stories he tells means he gets to live by a different set of rules than everyone else.
Whedon thinks that a “woke” Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot will give him back that social justice warrior fame he craves so much…and he might be right. When it comes to our entertainment Americans seem to have very short memories.
But he can do all the “inclusive, intersectional, woke, non-conforming” rebooting he wants and it still won’t change the fact that Joss Whedon is still a serial-cheating, woman-hating, power mad misogynist and a hypocrite. As much as I love Buffy and Firefly, I hope his fans remember that, because in the day and age of #MeToo we should not be rewarding egotistical, arrogant men for their childish and dangerous behavior.