Joss Whedon TURNED DOWN that big-screen Buffy reboot

The way the Interwebs exploded last week when it was announced a big-screen Buffy was in the works without Joss Whedon, you'd think Warner Brothers had kicked a puppy. But it turns out that Whedon himself was mostly to blame.

Apparently, Whedon was offered a shot at being in charge of Buffy once more, but decided that The Avengers was more important.

Per The Hollywood Reporter:

According to studio insiders, he was approached last year after Buffy rightsholder Fran Rubel Kuzui and husband Kaz Kuzui began developing a remake with Vertigo. After presented with the opportunity, Whedon decided he'd rather work on other projects (he's making Marvel Studios' The Avengers). Producers then began searching for a writer and late last year hired actress-turned-scribe Whit Anderson. The unknown Anderson, with only bit film appearances to her credit, 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.

Does that make you feel any better at the thought of a Whedon-less Buffy?

Nah. We didn't think so.

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