Briefly: There’s the story making the rounds that, in the wake of the recent development on a new big-screen version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy creator Joss Whedon was offered a chance to be part of the film and declined. Except — guess what? — this would appear to be the same offer for him to participate on which we reported way back in the misty, lost days of July 2009. (How quickly the internet forgets.) So, while THR has pushed forward the tale that original remake developers Fran Rubel Kuzui and husband Kaz Kuzui offered Joss Whedon a chance to be part of the remake, there appears to be no news here. Only a reminder.

But I have seen some commentary that seems to be underhandedly scolding Mr. Whedon for not taking the job, and suggesting, ‘well, you had your chance to work with this one, so no reason to complain now.’ Which is just crazy — he’s done Buffy. Twice. Once as a feature and once as a TV series that earned more love than he could have ever expected. Why go back? Let the guy move on and in the meantime, judge the new film, should it ever materialize, on its own merits. Or lack thereof.

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