Here’s a bit of good news for those who’ve been dreading the Whedon-free Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot since it was first announced. Warner Bros. is now looking for a new screenwriter after rejecting the script submitted by first-time screenwriter Whit Anderson this fall, and the project is now in danger of falling apart altogether. I’m not often excited to hear about a movie that’s not happening, but I think I’ll make a rare exception for this one. Read more after the jump.

Anderson was hired to write the script last fall, but The LA Times reports that the studio felt the draft she submitted over the summer “fell far short of expectations.” “If you’re going to bring it back, you have to do it right,” said an insider who spoke with the publication. “[Anderson] came in with some great ideas and she had reinvented some of the lore and it was pretty cool but in the end there just wasn’t enough on the page.”

A new screenwriter is being sought, but the project is losing steam — not least because the producers were concerned by the fan outcry that greeted the announcement of the project last fall. Original series creator Joss Whedon was among those less than thrilled about the reboot, and has said so publicly. “Obviously, I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this,” he said in email to E! at the time. “I don’t love the idea of my creation in other hands, but… I can’t wish people who are passionate about my little myth.”

I hate to be one of those overprotective fans, and I can understand why the studio would want to jump on the Buffy brand name in these vampire- and reboot-obsessed times. But so much of the original show’s appeal lay in Whedon’s unique voice; take that away and Buffy could easily become just another Twilight knockoff. As much as I love Buffy Summers, I’d be perfectly happy to see this incarnation of her stay dead.

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