The Joss Whedon-free Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot has gone the way of Sunnydale in the last episode. The script was rejected. The full story is right here.
The script "fell far short of expectations." It probably exactly matched my expectations. That's because the script was written by an actress, Whit Anderson, who had never written anything. She hasn't acted much, either, according to her IMDB page. It struck me as a favor because Anderson is someone's friend.
This whole thing from the start, sounded to me like a bad idea. So I resorted to bitter mockery in this story.
But then it got worse!
The remakers hired Anderson, who wasn't done with the script when the LA Times ran the story. My sci-fi smartassery about that is right here.
This is not a knock on Anderson. If I had a buddy who hired me to write a movie remake, I'd have a terrible script knocked out this weekend.
It's a knock on the remakers. They look bad for promoting Anderson as the savior of Buffy when her script was not even finished.
Truthfully, Buffazoids would be irksome and nonplussed at any writer they hired, if it was not someone who worked with Whedon already.
The story says the reboot may be over. One source said the remakers now have "healthy fear," after hearing the fan criticism.
Maybe this will be a cautionary tale to other makers who have half-assed ideas to squeeze money out of old movies and TV. That's one down, about a bajillion to go.