Didn’t want to work with rights holders
THR’s Heat Vision is stirring up more dirt regarding the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot and, to be honest, you should probably just take it as spin.
Borys Kit’s studio insiders say Buffy rights holders Fran Rubel Kuzui and Kaz Kuzui turned to Whedon to develop the remake. But he passed on the opportunity to work on other projects. Fox reportedly dragged its feet on the property, so it was taken to Warner Bros., too.
After the recent fan backlash, I can imagine the Kuzuis are scrambling to counter Whedon’s recent comments on the upcoming project. In a story, last year, when all of this Buffy remake business began, the Kuzuis said they wanted a film with no ties to the universe Whedon created. Not exactly an enticing offer for Whedon even if he was approached. Moreover, Whedon publicly stated he didn’t want to work with the Kuzuis again.
No doubt, Whedon – who has never been shy, press-wise – will have more to say about this.
Source: Heat Vision