I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I saw the website for this – Joss Whedon has made a film of Much Ado About Nothing with an incredible cast? No way. And to be honest, I didn’t believe it.
Then I discovered that GaS has actually covered Joss Whedon’s secret project before, back when it first became public knowledge (and I was clearly living under a rock…or perhaps a pile of Uni assignments). So I thought I’d give a quick update.
Truth is, before I found it on GaS, I tracked it down to the Toronto International Film Festival Website itself before I believed this was actually real. The all black and white movie will premiere on the 8th of September, with showings on September 9th and September 14th in Toronto. If you’re in Canada (or even anywhere in North America really) – you better find a way to be there. This is a pretty awesome opportunity for you guys and I would be thoroughly disappointed for you if you missed it!
For those who don’t know much about the project, basically Joss Whedon’s wife suggested to him that instead of taking the vacation they were supposed to take, that he make the Much Ado About Nothing film that he had always dreamed about making. He’s got a pretty awesome wife doesn’t he? It’s got stars like Amy Acker (as Beatrice), Alexis Denisof (as Benedick) and Nathan Fillion (as Dogberry) to mention just a few of the JW favourites in the cast.
The whole thing was shot in black and white, and completely at Joss Whedon’s house. It took only a month, from inception to production, plus 12 days for shooting. So the speed, the private location, and Mr. Whedon specifically telling everyone involved not to mention it, made the whole thing quite easy to keep quiet. Read more from Joss Whedon’s own mouth in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
The film goes for 107 minutes and is being shot by Jay Hunter, who also worked with Joss Whedon on Dollhouse.