It seems Lionsgate have become a sort of guardian angel for Joss Whedon – first they took on Cabin in the Woods after it had been taking up dust on the shelves for months due to the MGM bankruptcy, and now they’ve once again agreed to distribute one of Whedon’s movies, this time Much Ado About Nothing. Read on for more.
This acquisition comes after the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and according to CinemaBlend (via THR), the company will distribute the movie in cooperation with Roadside Attractions.
So, what’s it about? The film is a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s plays, following the tale of two lovers. Whedon was very involved in this one, as he wrote and directed the movie, actually shooting all of it… wait for it… at his own house. Not only that, but for the first time in his career, he also wrote the musical score.
As for the cast, you can expect to see many Whedon regulars, such as Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Tom Lenk, and Riki Lindhome. Whedon shot the feature entirely in black and white. Sounds like this is going to be interesting…
Lionsgate has already picked up Kristen Wiig‘s Imogene and Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Thanks For Sharing at the Toronto International Film Festival, so they’ve been on a bit of a spree. Here’s what Whedon had to say about it:
“I’m thrilled to be working with my cronies at Lionsgate again, and with The Roadside team. That they all embrace a Shakespearean romance with the same enthusiasm they had for Cabin in the Woods shows that they’re exactly the mad fools we want to be partying — I mean working — with.”
There’s no mention yet of mention when they plan to release Much Ado About Nothing in theaters, but watch this space. Must be great to have Lionsgate on your side, eh?
Are you excited about Much Ado About Nothing?