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Earlier today we revealed news of an elusive new project from the modern-day god of fanboys & fangirls everywhere, Joss Whedon. The above image sent shock waves of speculation across the blogosphere. Was this an actual film that Whedon somehow managed to shoot in the midst of making the big budget action extravaganza The Avengers? Or was this just another prank from the winsome Nathan Fillion? Well, Whedon himself has since deigned to comment, sending a press release to Deadline. So, here’s what we now know about Much Ado About Nothing:
This black-and-white adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy was shot in 12 days “entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica,” and produced by Bellwether Films, a small production company co-founded by Whedon and his wife Kai Cole to produce stories in various forms of media “embracing a Diy ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a somewhat older story. »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
When it comes to Joss Whedon's work, I've seen Serenity, Toy Story and Alien: Resurrection. I've never seen "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", I have seen a season of "Angel" though I'm not sure how many of the episodes he wrote or had anything to do with, I've never seen an episode of "Dollhouse" and I tried to watch a little of "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" but I wasn't able to get into it. So, when Whedon's new production company Bellwether Pictures announces he has just completed 12 days of principal photography on a modern version of Willian Shakespeare's classic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" I'm not particularly moved. However, I love the fact he has a team of regulars he works with that truly seem interested in telling stories and are passionate about doing so to the point they do it because they love it and not for the money moves me immensely. »
- Brad Brevet
But this morning, to my surprise, there may be a new Whedon offering in the horizon by way of William Shakespeare!
And when you go to the website, you see a black and white picture of a snorkeling guy, martini in hand, and the words "A Film by Joss Whedon" in the bottom.
According to The Wrap by way of The Huffington Post, the film is indeed made, and Whedon has adapted, written, and directed the movie.
Hhmmm, an intriguing news for Whedon fans everywhere!
Here's the press release for muchadothemovie.com from Bellwether Pictures:
Santa Monica, CA (October 24th, »
Last night, tweets from former “Firefly” actors Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher linked to the site MuchAdoTheMovie.com, which announced the completion of a secret movie based on William Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
This caused quite an ado on Twitter, but it’s really something. Joss Whedon, who created “Firefly” among other cult favorites like “Buffy”, “Angel,” and “Dollhouse,” confirmed the movie “based on a play” on Monday with an official press release from the “micro studio” he co-created, Bellwether Pictures.
The release, included in its entirety below, says the black-and-white film was shot in 12 days in “exotic” Santa Monica and features other past Whedon collaborators Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof as “the world’s least likely lovers headed for their inevitable tumble into love.”
The surprise has been met mostly with excitement from the filmmaker’s loyal band of “Whedonites,” but some have expressed concern about Marvel’s The Avengers, »
- Jeff Leins
Bellwether Pictures proudly announces the completion of principal photography on Much Ado About Nothing, a modern version of Shakespeare's classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel's upcoming The Avengers, Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog). Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica, the film features a stellar cast of beloved (or soon to be beloved) actors - some of them veterans of Shakespearean theater, some completely new to the form. But all dedicated to the idea that this story bears retelling, that this dialogue is as fresh and intoxicating as any being written, and that the joy of working on a passion project surrounded by dear friends, admired colleagues and an atmosphere of unabashed rapture far outweighs their hilariously miniature paychecks.
Clearly not happy with having any free time, it looks like Joss Whedon has somehow managed to take on another project while filming The Avengers. Rumours started to appear online last night with tweets from regular Whedon collaborators Nathan Fillion and The Avengers’ Clark Gregg, linking to the website http://muchadothemovie.com/. There's not much information on the site other than a list of actors involved in the project, a who's who of actors from all of Whedon's previous projects and confirmation, if any was needed, that it's "A Film By Joss Whedon. Based On A Play." The full list of actors named includes Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Tom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, Fran Kranz, Reed Diamond, Sean Maher, Riki Lindhome, Clark Gregg, BriTANick comedy duo Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney, Jillian Morgese, Paul M. Meston, Emma Bates, Romy Rosemont, Spencer Treat Clark and Joshua Zar. Quite how Whedon managed to a) pull this off, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sean)
I woke to some potentially thrilling news this morning. It seems that somewhere before during and/or after The Avengers production Joss Whedon brushed up on his Shakespeare. He's completed principle photography on a movie no one even knew was coming.
Here's the announcement in pictorial form.
I can't make out which actor that is in the photo given the black and white and the goggles and the snorkel but the cast is like manna from Whedonverse heaven.
From Buffy The Vampire Slayer / Angel : Tom Lenk, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker and Riki Lindhome (well she was only in one episode of Buffy but still...); From Serenity / Firefly: Sean Maher and Captain Tight Pants himself Nathan Fillion (Love); From Dollhouse : Reed Diamond (Yes!) and Ashley Johnson ; From The Avengers : Clark Gregg ; From The Cabin in the Woods : Fran Kranz ; And the newbies: Spencer Treat Clark (little »
- NATHANIEL R
The Shakespeare comedy "Much Ado About Nothing", debuted in 1598, following 2 couples, 'Benedick' and 'Beatrice', engaged in a 'merry war'and 'Claudio' and 'Hero', 'rendered practically speechless by their love for one another'.
Cast of Whedon's film includes Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, Jillian Morgese, Emma Bates, Spencer Treat Clark, Ashley Johnson, Nick Kocher, Tom Lenk, Riki Lindhome, Brian McElhaney, Paul M. Meston, Romy Rosemont and Joshua Zar.
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- Michael Stevens
Bellwether Pictures announced last night the completion of filming for the secret project Much Ado About Nothing , which it says is a film by Joss Whedon (upcoming Marvel's The Avengers ) and is "based on a play." A website was posted with the below image, which reveals the cast members, including Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, Jillian Morgese, Emma Bates, Spencer Treat Clark, Ashley Johnson, Nick Kocher, Tom Lenk, Riki Lindhome, Brian McElhaney, Paul M. Meston, Romy Rosemont and Joshua Zar. If it is based on William Shakespeare's comedy, that centers on two pairs of lovers Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero. More on this at it comes in! Update: The official site has updated with the »
A new site, Much Ado: The Movie, has popped up online, announcing that: “Bellwether Pictures is proud to announce the completion of principal photography” on “Much Ado About Nothing: A film by Joss Whedon, based on a play”. Presumably it’s based on the play by William Shakespeare, rather than one that just happens to be called Much Ado About Nothing…
The cast list includes the Whedon alums Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, the upcoming The Cabin in the Woods), Alexis Denisof (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse), Reed Diamond (Dollhouse), Sean Maher (Firefly), Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Doctor Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, the upcoming The Cabin in the Woods), and Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the upcoming The Cabin in the Woods).
10 items from 2011
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