Allegedly, Warner Bros did approach him about making a Buffy movie
“According to studio insiders,” says the site, “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. 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.”
The report seems slightly at odds with Whedon’s own response (opens in new tab) from last week, where he made no mention of the fact. Maybe he just assumed no-one would dare progress with Buffy without his involvement (though Whedon doesn’t usually come across as that kind of arrogant, to be fair)? Maybe the studio offer wasn’t quite what it seemed? Maybe it’s all down to money. You can bet there’s more of this story left to come out…And you can bet every interviewer who gets to talk to Whedon in the next few weeks will be asking him about it.