The Internet exploded in anger Thursday at news that Warner Bros., Atlas Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment are planning a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer film without Joss Whedon, maestro of the 1992 film and 1997-2003 TV series. Heat Vision reports that while Whedon himself fanned the flames, advising fans to “leave me to my pain” in a witty missive, they learned that Whedon was offered a chance to be involved with the new Buffy — and passed! 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). Actress-turned-scribe Whit Anderson is now penning the redo.