Joss Whedon: 'Avengers' to 'Much Ado'

Thursday September 13, 2012

TORONTO -- Joss Whedon figures if Shakespeare were alive today, he might be writing superhero stories. Only better ones than Whedon and his colleagues are doing.

Whedon, the writer-director behind this summer’s superhero sensation "The Avengers," has unveiled a passion project at the Toronto International Film Festival -- his adaptation of Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing."

Whedon said the playwright might feel right at home working in a superhero realm such as the Marvel Comics universe of "The Avengers."

"Yeah, I think he very well might. He’d be doing it better than the rest of us. But he was not afraid of the big themes and the bigger-than-life characters," Whedon said in an interview at Tor on to, where his "Much Ado" premiered over the weekend.

He rounded up friends and family for the low-budget "Much Ado," which was shot at his own home in Los Ange les, with wife Kai Cole as executive producer and a cast filled with close pals.

Whedon uses Shake speare’s original language but updates the story to modern times, with the returning soldiers of Shake speare’s play now coming off as classy mobsters in business suits and town cars.

Whedon was shopping the film around at the Toronto festival, hoping for a theatrical release, and by late Tuesday, it had already been sold to Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions for release in North America.


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