Is anyone having a better year than Joss Whedon? Not only did he write and direct some little indie flick called The Avengers (which did so-so business) and become anointed as the King of Nerds with a rapturous Firefly 10th Anniversary panel at Comic-Con, but his labor-of-love cinematic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing now has an official release date.
But, Avengers fans, don’t expect a whole lot of spectacle here. The film was shot in Whedon’s home over the course of 12 days—this is a true indie quickie. So no, there will be no chest-caving sonics, glossy CGI, or post-conversion 3D. Just a group of excellent actors and Whedon regulars (Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Reed Diamond, and Jillian Morgese) acting out Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Oh, they’ll be sticking to the original text, as well.
The film was produced by via Whedon’s company Bellwether Films via Whedon himself and Kai Cole, and has been picked up by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. The film will be given a limited release on June 7, 2013, before going wide on June 21st. Whedon’s take on the classic play is being called a “dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.” But hey, that’s just the generic PR release, so who knows, maybe there will be a few aliens or vampires snuck in there, who knows?
What do you think of the Whedon news?