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Joss Whedon Somehow Finds Time to Make a Shakespeare Film

If you presumed the past six months or so of Joss Whedon’s life had been consumed by The Avengers, that certainly would be understandable. Mistaken, apparently, but understandable.

Somewhere between the Marvel film’s start of production in April and, oh, say last night, the director found time to shoot an entire adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing without anyone knowing anything about it. That is until late Sunday when Firefly alums Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher took to Twitter to direct followers to, which touts “the completion of principal photography” of the comedy.

The announcement and accompanying image raised as many questions as it answered, with some speculating the project may be Whedon’s follow-up to his web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

However, a subsequent press release put an end to much of the speculation, revealing that Much Ado About Nothing is the first feature film from Bellwether Pictures, a micro-studio created by Whedon and Kai Cole. Shot in black and white over 12 days in Santa Monica, the films stars Angel alums Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof as Beatrice and Benedick, “the world’s least likely lovers.” The supporting cast includes Fillion, Maher, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond and Fran Kranz.

“The text is to me a deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love letter – to the text, to the cast, even to the house it’s shot in,” Whedon said in a statement.

The film is set to be completed by early spring, and destined for the festival circuit because, in the words of the release, “it is fancy.”


  • Nicola Boden

    Hey Nonny Nonny!

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  • Ded Duc

    Yet he is too busy to do the Dr Horrible sequel?

  • Flip Maker

    Wow, you can’t just be excited about a new project?  How about he’ll get to that Dr. Horrible sequel when he feels like it, when it’s best for him creatively, rather than when you want it?

  • Rambocock

    Always wondered what a Whedon Shakespeare movie would be like…I wish he did a better play like Twelfth Night though. Much Ado is good, but I know there’s better.

  • Andrew Buckle

    Looking forward to seeing it, love Much Ado About Nothing.

    Pity the cast is not doing the play at the London Globe in June 2012 (instead of a probably very good French adaption of the play)

  • Lmgiirefdllua

    “Based on a play.”

    “It is fancy.”

    With Whedon, it’s not a bully pulpit so much as a smug douche pulpit.

    Actually, all things considered, I’m shocked he hasn’t issued a faux-whimsical press release meta-commenting on the fact that’s he’s issued a faux-whimsical press release…

  • Brashhulk

    Awww… sounds like someone has a bad case of the Trollkins.