Resurrection, he explains, I said, The next
person who ruins one of my scripts is going to be me. I have
always wanted to direct. Im not just a bitter writer trying
to protect his sh*t. I think theyre two very different
talents, but there is an element of, enough already.
It really does sum up the argument of movies versus television,
and why television can be so much more satisfying. I was making an
argument in the past that I had yet to really live. It was the
final crappy humiliation of my crappy film career. Buffy
is the most fulfilling thing Ive ever gotten to do, and Ill
be hard pressed to find something to top it even when I have more
career has been a mixed bag, with an Academy Award nomination for
Toy Story and his uncredited rewrite of Speed as
high points, while the feature film version of Buffy and
the uncredited doctoring of Waterworld were the low.
my heart is at Buffy, because my body is here. This is
like making little movies on the sly. You have an idea and three
weeks later youre prepping it, instead of waiting three
years. Im not ashamed to say that I like that. The bottom
line is that Im telling the stories I want to, which is
something Ive always dreamed about. Theres nothing
else on my resumé that I can look at and say, Thats
pure me. But does the show meet all of my expectations? It
never will. Nothing ever does.
"Actually, last year
exceeded them and this year has been a struggle because I was so
happy last year that Im like, Can we do it again? Is
the magic gone? Did we peak? Which is good, because you keep
working really hard. Last year it go so personal and so strange
and it got heavier than I expected it could have. We really got to
go there emotionally, mostly because we have actors who can do
anything. We didnt know that when we started.
In moving Buffy to
television, Whedon decided that Buffy on the show was already a
Slayer and has moved to a new town, Sunnydale, after being kicked
out of her old school (due to events of the feature film). I
came up with this idea that her new high school was built on an
area called Boca Del Inferno, which roughly translates to
Hellmouth, he notes. So every mystical occurrence and
monster could happen and we wouldnt be restricted to
vampires. If it would have just been vampires, Im not sure
if we could have carried it off. But when you added zombies and
demons, I began to believe wed have a series here.
"If you look at movies
like I Was a Teenage Werewolf, youll see this
combination of teen angst and horror has been going on for a long
time. We deal with teen subjects, because that is where all the
interesting stories come from. The horror and the stories have to
come from the characters, their relationships and their fears.
Theres an idea in the high school horror show
that could sustain an entire television show that goes for years.
People need the big bad wolf. They need something to project their
fears on to. There hasnt been that on television for a long