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Joss Whedon reacts to the news of the Buffy reboot

11.23.2010

So earlier yesterday we got the news that BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER was going to be getting the 'reboot' treatment courtesy of Warner Bros. The screwy part, though, was that BUFFY creator Joss Whedon (THE AVENGERS) wasn't mentioned at all in the WB press release, indicating that the studio had completely gone over the geek icon's head for the planned feature film.

But rest assured, Whedon feels your pain. Here he is in an email response to E! Online regarding the whole hullabaloo:

This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can't think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.

Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this. My first reaction upon hearing who was writing it was, "Whit Stillman AND Wes Anderson? This is gonna be the most sardonically adorable movie EVER." Apparently I was misinformed. Then I thought, "I'll make a mint! This is worth more than all my Toy Story residuals combined!" Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?

I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don't love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I'm also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly. I can't wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill. I can, however, take this time to announce that I'm making a Batman movie. Because there's a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.

Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.

Extra Tidbit: Whatever happened to Kristy Swanson?
Source: E! Online

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6:11PM on 11/25/2010

Joss Rocks

I gotta say, Buffy S6E7 ("Once More, With Feeling" -- the musical episode) remains some of the best television I've ever seen. If, like a lot of people, you drifted from the series after season 3 (when they graduated high school), make an effort to track down that one episode and give it a shot. Best thing Joss ever did (and I say this as a huge Firefly/Serenity fan).
I gotta say, Buffy S6E7 ("Once More, With Feeling" -- the musical episode) remains some of the best television I've ever seen. If, like a lot of people, you drifted from the series after season 3 (when they graduated high school), make an effort to track down that one episode and give it a shot. Best thing Joss ever did (and I say this as a huge Firefly/Serenity fan).
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4:16AM on 11/24/2010
Make An Angel Movie, As Much Of A Fan I Am Of BTVS I thought Angel was hella better
Make An Angel Movie, As Much Of A Fan I Am Of BTVS I thought Angel was hella better
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3:38AM on 11/24/2010
I know this is a bit long-winded, but stick with me, I do have a point.

I've been a musician most of my life. I've played my fair share of shows, and I've seen hundreds of other bands play theirs, and NOTHING irks me more than seeing a band play a cover song that doesn't need to be covered in the first place. For example, if I walked into a club tonight and saw a band cover a Lady Gaga song, I would turn around and walk out of said club. Why? Because it's unnecessary; if I wanted to hear
I know this is a bit long-winded, but stick with me, I do have a point.

I've been a musician most of my life. I've played my fair share of shows, and I've seen hundreds of other bands play theirs, and NOTHING irks me more than seeing a band play a cover song that doesn't need to be covered in the first place. For example, if I walked into a club tonight and saw a band cover a Lady Gaga song, I would turn around and walk out of said club. Why? Because it's unnecessary; if I wanted to hear Lady Gaga, I could easily hear the real deal at the push of a button. I could jump in the car, turn on the radio, and within fifteen minutes, I could find a Lady Gaga song. I could go see her live when she comes to town two weeks from now. Besides, the whole point of playing a cover in the first place is to get this reaction: "Oh, man, I love this song! I haven't heard this in forever! These guys sure know how to pick 'em!" Otherwise, it just comes off as a cheap gimmick. An eye-roller. Tasteless, even. Yeah, that's the perfect word to describe it: tasteless. The general rule of thumb amongst musicians (at least the way I was taught) is that you can't cover a song unless it's at least ten years old. Otherwise, what's the point? Regardless of personal preference, do you really want to go see a band and hear them cover Green Day's "American Idiot" or Fall Out Boy's "I Don't Care"? Probably not, because you might as well go see that band when they come to your town next month.

Now, if I walked into a club tonight and saw a band cover any song released prior to 2000, there's a chance I might react the way the band intended for me to react: "Woah, I forgot about this song! Nice!" I might also add, "I'm glad this band understands their responsibility to the audience".

The idea of a Buffy reboot (sans Whedon) or a Spiderman reboot (I will avoid this one in particular at all costs) is not only of poor taste, it's downright irresponsible. What, am I supposed to run as fast as I can to the movie theatre to watch this new Buffy movie? But I haven't finished the TV series yet! What? The movie takes place in a different universe and is wholly unrelated aside from the original source material? Oh. Well...I can't say I really want to watch that. Sure, I'm a little behind, but I'm digging this TV series and the original film was fun, why would I want to risk that interest by watching somebody else's variation? Why would any studio risk the public's interest in a franchise? They could let Whedon's Buffy die an honorable death and let people enjoy it the way it was intended. Instead, they're banking on fans of Whedon's Buffy going to see this reboot, and that will be their fatal mistake, because it's unbelievably difficult to find someone who can tell a story through film better than the guy who told it first. Don't even get me started on Spiderman...I'll only say that I've never, EVER been less interested in seeing a movie. Regardless of how often they print the words 'Spiderman' and 'reboot' next to each other, people are still going to see that movie and expect a continuation of the story that Sam Raimi started. Go right ahead, studio noobs, confuse your audience and alienate those kids that grew up with and/or are faithful to Raimi's films. It's irresponsible, plain and simple. Honestly, I would rather go see Rob Schneider in "The Stapler" before I go see the Spidey reboot. I really loved two out of the three Spidey movies. Why would I want to see the story start all over again? Meat Loaf said it best, man, "two out of three ain't bad". Just let it be for now, call Sam Raimi in a few years and let him do his thing. He's not retarded; I'm sure he knows which elements of the third film people didn't like, and I'm sure he can correct those missteps.

Bottom line: I think the aforementioned 'general rule of thumb' (you know, the 'ten year rule' I was talking about 2,000 words ago?) should apply to film and television as well. Reboots and remakes of films/franchises that are still fresh in the minds of the public are a TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE IDEA, because while studios might be expecting to see dollar signs, I'll bet they're more likely to see people rolling their eyes and walking out of the theater, only to walk into a theater that's showing a movie with a little more originality. I guess we'll see, but Joss Whedon, I feel for you, dude.
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12:52AM on 11/24/2010
Who the hell cares? He made the right choice with Avengers. Focus and that and leave this Buffy reboot flop to the ash heap of history. General audiences will ignore it and fans of the TV series will be pissed off. Talk about a dumb studio move. I can't imagine the exec that green-lit this project will have his job past 2012.
Who the hell cares? He made the right choice with Avengers. Focus and that and leave this Buffy reboot flop to the ash heap of history. General audiences will ignore it and fans of the TV series will be pissed off. Talk about a dumb studio move. I can't imagine the exec that green-lit this project will have his job past 2012.
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8:50PM on 11/23/2010
Whedon's hilarious.
Whedon's hilarious.
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4:45PM on 11/23/2010

Poor Baby

I like most of his stuff, but Whedon is one of the most over privileged, self-entitled, bleeding heart, cry babies of all time. His super rich family has worked in Hollywood for three generations so he never had to earn his way in. He quit Roseanne like the spoiled brat and then immediately his family got him another job in TV. Granted he proved that he has true talent despite nepotism handing him a career, but the only thing he ever has to say in interviews is how hard and unfair his life is.
I like most of his stuff, but Whedon is one of the most over privileged, self-entitled, bleeding heart, cry babies of all time. His super rich family has worked in Hollywood for three generations so he never had to earn his way in. He quit Roseanne like the spoiled brat and then immediately his family got him another job in TV. Granted he proved that he has true talent despite nepotism handing him a career, but the only thing he ever has to say in interviews is how hard and unfair his life is. Him and people like Kevin Smith need to shut the fuck up and give up their careers as celebrities and go back to being filmmakers.

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8:37PM on 11/23/2010
I guess the letter went straight over your head.
I guess the letter went straight over your head.
9:06PM on 11/23/2010
You do realize that most people get into the entertainment industry by way of nepotism right?
You do realize that most people get into the entertainment industry by way of nepotism right?
4:38PM on 11/23/2010

to commander 7

Commander 7 your wrong, the idea for buffy was always whedon's, except they got a crapy director, a terrible cast and made an awful movie, since then whedon disowned that movie and went onto make an excellent series.
Commander 7 your wrong, the idea for buffy was always whedon's, except they got a crapy director, a terrible cast and made an awful movie, since then whedon disowned that movie and went onto make an excellent series.
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5:15PM on 11/23/2010
Swanson is a much better actress than Gellar.
Swanson is a much better actress than Gellar.
10:23PM on 11/23/2010
Your an idiot, film careers differ on that opinion.
Your an idiot, film careers differ on that opinion.
4:20PM on 11/23/2010

Hmmm...

I initially thought Joss Whedon had nothing to do with the original film or concept...

But I was very wrong. So, yeah, dude has some place to complain.
I initially thought Joss Whedon had nothing to do with the original film or concept...

But I was very wrong. So, yeah, dude has some place to complain.
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3:15PM on 11/23/2010
isn't DC comics part of Warner Brothers? maybe this is retaliation for him becoming the helm of the greatest Marvel project ever.
isn't DC comics part of Warner Brothers? maybe this is retaliation for him becoming the helm of the greatest Marvel project ever.
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1:14PM on 11/23/2010
I thought Whedon sold his rights to the producers of the original film. He maintains the rights of the show because he created it for television. I think this is how the film can move forward without him.
I thought Whedon sold his rights to the producers of the original film. He maintains the rights of the show because he created it for television. I think this is how the film can move forward without him.
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12:15PM on 11/23/2010
It's cool that he's at least being vocal about it instead of just sitting in silence, collecting his cheques. *COUGH* Wes Craven *COUGH*
It's cool that he's at least being vocal about it instead of just sitting in silence, collecting his cheques. *COUGH* Wes Craven *COUGH*
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12:48PM on 11/23/2010
Join 'I'm With JoJo' page. no Buffy without joss Whedon [link]
since i launched the page a few hours the page just jumped to neary 300 members lol
Join 'I'm With JoJo' page. no Buffy without joss Whedon [link]
since i launched the page a few hours the page just jumped to neary 300 members lol
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12:10PM on 11/23/2010

hypocrite and failure

WOW,from a guy who has made almost everything in his career from someone else's idea. Oh wow he thought of a new Avengers idea, but did he create Avengers? Its very easy to take a established character and then do something different with it. Much harder to create and come up with good succesful stuff, which he knows nothing about. How many of his created material did well, did they even make it through one season (Firefly, Dollhouse) or make their money back (Serenity)? I dare ask you to find
WOW,from a guy who has made almost everything in his career from someone else's idea. Oh wow he thought of a new Avengers idea, but did he create Avengers? Its very easy to take a established character and then do something different with it. Much harder to create and come up with good succesful stuff, which he knows nothing about. How many of his created material did well, did they even make it through one season (Firefly, Dollhouse) or make their money back (Serenity)? I dare ask you to find another director that has failed finacially and critically as much as him and still has a job? His biggest success came from a already existing comic book the he "feed off of". Just bc Avengers will do well (which how couldnt it with that many stars/characters) doenst mean he will be better, his track record speaks for itself.
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12:26PM on 11/23/2010
Dude, look up the definition of sarcasm and then read that first paragraph again. He obviously wasn't being serious with the Avengers comment.
Dude, look up the definition of sarcasm and then read that first paragraph again. He obviously wasn't being serious with the Avengers comment.
11:57AM on 11/23/2010

Whedon Rules

Love his sarcasm. He is the king!
Love his sarcasm. He is the king!
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11:53AM on 11/23/2010
Good for him for coming out and saying what needs to be said. I can't wait for the "updated Buffy" to flop.
Good for him for coming out and saying what needs to be said. I can't wait for the "updated Buffy" to flop.
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11:50AM on 11/23/2010
This guy has every right to whine. He created a massive hit that ended only so many years ago and didn't get any recognition for someone else pretty much taking his work for their own. Buffy is Whedon's, plain and simple. It's his creation, it's his labor, it belongs to him. Any person here involved in any kind of creative field should understand how he feels, especially if it's in an area that involves storytelling.
This guy has every right to whine. He created a massive hit that ended only so many years ago and didn't get any recognition for someone else pretty much taking his work for their own. Buffy is Whedon's, plain and simple. It's his creation, it's his labor, it belongs to him. Any person here involved in any kind of creative field should understand how he feels, especially if it's in an area that involves storytelling.
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10:51AM on 11/23/2010

heh

"This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can't think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself."

Hahahahaha
"This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can't think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself."

Hahahahaha
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10:39AM on 11/23/2010
I hate Joss Whedon.
I hate Joss Whedon.
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10:51AM on 11/23/2010
sucks for you i guess
sucks for you i guess
10:19AM on 11/23/2010

respect

Joss whedon is amazing and tops to the guy for beng so cool about it and hes so right about it being sad that show that ended a few years ago needs to rebooted...FUCK OFF DOES IT!!! those sotires and that great work he pulled off will live forever and just know joss i will not be seeing this pieceof trash i mean how can they beat james marsters performance as spike genius!
Joss whedon is amazing and tops to the guy for beng so cool about it and hes so right about it being sad that show that ended a few years ago needs to rebooted...FUCK OFF DOES IT!!! those sotires and that great work he pulled off will live forever and just know joss i will not be seeing this pieceof trash i mean how can they beat james marsters performance as spike genius!
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9:48AM on 11/23/2010
The original movie was better than the show anyway.
The original movie was better than the show anyway.
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12:24AM on 11/24/2010
The original film definitely is fantastic. The scene when Paul Reubens is stabbed and has that prolonged death scene slays me. But the show is on a whole other level. Sure some of it was silly but there was alot of interesting character stuff going on.
The original film definitely is fantastic. The scene when Paul Reubens is stabbed and has that prolonged death scene slays me. But the show is on a whole other level. Sure some of it was silly but there was alot of interesting character stuff going on.
8:42AM on 11/23/2010

Funny Stuff

I am a fan of Joss Whedon's sense of humor, not only in his scripts but also in his responses (interviews and letters like this one). It is self-deprecating and sarcastic, which I love. The line that made me laugh the most was this one: "just because they can't think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself." I love how he pokes fun of the fact that he is making a comic book adaptation, which is not an original idea. That is typical Joss.
I am a fan of Joss Whedon's sense of humor, not only in his scripts but also in his responses (interviews and letters like this one). It is self-deprecating and sarcastic, which I love. The line that made me laugh the most was this one: "just because they can't think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself." I love how he pokes fun of the fact that he is making a comic book adaptation, which is not an original idea. That is typical Joss.
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7:21AM on 11/23/2010

Yeah, well...

Buffy still sucks!
Buffy still sucks!
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7:15AM on 11/23/2010

What a crybaby...sheesh...

...and I re-read his post twice and still can't quite figure out WTF he's saying.

Guess I'm glad I never watched his stupid tv show.
...and I re-read his post twice and still can't quite figure out WTF he's saying.

Guess I'm glad I never watched his stupid tv show.
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8:16AM on 11/23/2010
It was sarcasm. Don't worry about it.
It was sarcasm. Don't worry about it.
7:13AM on 11/23/2010

ROTFL

Whedon is the greatest. That email was written better than 99% of recent movie scripts.
Whedon is the greatest. That email was written better than 99% of recent movie scripts.
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9:54AM on 11/23/2010
I like Whedon, but no, that email wasn't written better than 99% of recent movie scripts. 40%, maybe.
I like Whedon, but no, that email wasn't written better than 99% of recent movie scripts. 40%, maybe.
6:14AM on 11/23/2010
I don't understand all this love for this guy Whedon. He has done decent stuff but nothing that is soooo great deserving all this praise he's getting here. I don't dislike him but he's not a screenwriter/director genius either.
I don't understand all this love for this guy Whedon. He has done decent stuff but nothing that is soooo great deserving all this praise he's getting here. I don't dislike him but he's not a screenwriter/director genius either.
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7:41AM on 11/23/2010
He did co-write Toy Story.
He did co-write Toy Story.
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6:04AM on 11/23/2010
As others have said, it's almost worth the annoyance of a Buffy reboot just to get the man's class-act reaction. I only hope this comes and goes without much of an impact... they'll never come close to the world Whedon and his team created...
As others have said, it's almost worth the annoyance of a Buffy reboot just to get the man's class-act reaction. I only hope this comes and goes without much of an impact... they'll never come close to the world Whedon and his team created...
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5:36AM on 11/23/2010
Want to help Whedon out? Don't go to the movie. Save your money and watch something else that isn't a remake or adaptation. We complain about remakes but people are still going and they're still making money.

Tidbit: I miss Kristy Swanson.
Want to help Whedon out? Don't go to the movie. Save your money and watch something else that isn't a remake or adaptation. We complain about remakes but people are still going and they're still making money.

Tidbit: I miss Kristy Swanson.
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9:39AM on 11/23/2010
So we should skip the Avengers? That's basically what you're saying, right? :P
So we should skip the Avengers? That's basically what you're saying, right? :P
9:50AM on 11/23/2010
Basically. But not quite. I was thinking more along the lines of T.V. when I suggested adaptations. I should have been more specific. But books and comics too. The comic movies are getting kinda old. The Avengers is quite exciting though. I'm interested to see how they pull this all together.
Basically. But not quite. I was thinking more along the lines of T.V. when I suggested adaptations. I should have been more specific. But books and comics too. The comic movies are getting kinda old. The Avengers is quite exciting though. I'm interested to see how they pull this all together.
5:12AM on 11/23/2010
Not a Buffy fan, but I can empathize with his annoyance.
Not a Buffy fan, but I can empathize with his annoyance.
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5:10AM on 11/23/2010
That is a stand up guy right there. I hope this inspires him to come up with an original post Avengers movie that's released the same weekend as Buffy (INO) and kicks it's ass at the box office!
That is a stand up guy right there. I hope this inspires him to come up with an original post Avengers movie that's released the same weekend as Buffy (INO) and kicks it's ass at the box office!
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5:05AM on 11/23/2010

Awesome

I almost love it when stuff like this happens, in a weird way, purely because Whedon's response is always classy and/or hilarious. Boo to Buffy reboot though- what's the point?
I almost love it when stuff like this happens, in a weird way, purely because Whedon's response is always classy and/or hilarious. Boo to Buffy reboot though- what's the point?
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5:04AM on 11/23/2010
He has every right to be upset. It was HIS creation, and just because hollywood can't get any new ideas of their own they steal it and recycle it. Slightly off topic tho, I wish Joss would make a Serenity 2 (and somehow bring Wash back)
He has every right to be upset. It was HIS creation, and just because hollywood can't get any new ideas of their own they steal it and recycle it. Slightly off topic tho, I wish Joss would make a Serenity 2 (and somehow bring Wash back)
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7:16AM on 11/23/2010
STEAL it? Really? If they stole it, he'd be suing.

Make no mistake, he was COMPENSATED for the rights to his little mythology. He sold out and now is bitching about it.

As he said: "And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly"
STEAL it? Really? If they stole it, he'd be suing.

Make no mistake, he was COMPENSATED for the rights to his little mythology. He sold out and now is bitching about it.

As he said: "And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly"
8:22AM on 11/23/2010
To be clear, since drexxell harumphing kind of clouds the point. 99% of screenwriters sell their scripts, so by "selling out", he's engaging in standard practice. Unless you are J.K. Rowling, and already have massive leverage behind your work, you can't walk around beating your chest, demanding you retain sole creative control over your script. It will just get passed on - or stolen. drexxell I think is taking Whedon's complaint too seriously, but from the tone of his posts, he seems to
To be clear, since drexxell harumphing kind of clouds the point. 99% of screenwriters sell their scripts, so by "selling out", he's engaging in standard practice. Unless you are J.K. Rowling, and already have massive leverage behind your work, you can't walk around beating your chest, demanding you retain sole creative control over your script. It will just get passed on - or stolen. drexxell I think is taking Whedon's complaint too seriously, but from the tone of his posts, he seems to take himself pretty seriously. Sure, the guy is disappointed. I'm sure if any of us created something of actual cultural impact, instead of, you know, comment board posts, we might be a little disappointed to see projects move forward without our being consulted.
4:57AM on 11/23/2010
That photo alone is a perfect response to the news, but his actual statement is golden. I was never a Buffy fan in any incarnation, but dammit I love Joss.
That photo alone is a perfect response to the news, but his actual statement is golden. I was never a Buffy fan in any incarnation, but dammit I love Joss.
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4:47AM on 11/23/2010

as if his humbling genius wasn't already clear enough...

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