Turns out there was more than what was immediately apparent. Whedon, for all the shock and surprise he expressed in his open letter regarding the matter, was actually more in-the-know than he seemed to be. THR’s reported that he was offered, and actually refused, to be part of this new project.
I don’t think anybody ought to to fault him for not being totally forthcoming. If you read his statement and didn’t realize that a lot of it was phrased with tongue in cheek, then you probably don’t know the guy’s work well enough to be upset about a remake in the first place.
I’ve seen the original, of course, and a handful of episodes from the show, so I guess I'm quasi-knowledgeable about Buffy. However, isn’t a big part of the mythos supposed to be that the “slayer” is like the Pendragon, manifesting as different young ladies in different eras when the circumstances demand it? Wasn’t the premise of that Fray spin-off supposed to basically be Buffy 2099 (or Buffy Beyond, if you prefer?) So, and not to get too “meta,” but if a new slayer surfaces whenever the vampire threat looms, perhaps a new Buffy is needed to beat back the Twilight-spawned hordes? Just a thought.