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Joss Whedon Shares Details of His Secret Film 'Much Ado About Nothing'

October 25, 2011 (3:53 am) GMT
Whedon reveals that it was his wife's idea for him to shoot the modern take of Shakespeare's play shortly after wrapping the shooting of 'Avengers' in New York, instead of taking a vacation.

Joss Whedon has wrapped a secret film project recently. After he's done with "", the film director managed to shoot a movie adaptation of William Shakespeare's play called "", and recently shared to Entertainment Weekly about details of the new movie.

Asked how the project came together, Whedon replied, "As we were finishing 'The Avengers' in New York, my wife and I were planning our vacation for our 20th anniversary. And she said, 'Let's not take the vacation. Make a movie instead.' I was like, 'I'm not even sure if I can adapt the script, cast the movie, and prep in a month.' And she was like, 'Well, that's your vacation time, so you do it.' And so I did."

The director admitted that he had trouble with the movie in the beginning, "because it had the words 'About Nothing' in the title." He went on, "So I was like, 'I don't have anything to say about nothing.' But really when I started pouring over it, I got a very strong sense of how a little bit dark and twisted it is."

"The movie's in black-and-white partially because it's kind of a noir comedy," he further elaborated his vision on the movie project. "I realized that everybody in it behaves like such a dolt, an articulate dolt, but a dolt."

"I fixated on this notion that our ideas of romantic love are created for us by the society around us," he continued. "And then escape from that is grown-up love, is marriage, is mature love, to escape the ideals of love that we're supposed to follow. So that clicked for me when I realized, oh, I get why it matters everybody goes through the weird machinations we go through."

When asked how he kept the project a secret until it was wrapped, Whedon admitted, "Well, I asked the cast specifically and everybody involved not to say anything until we wrapped. And, you know, it all happened very, very fast."

"That's how you know. When it's something that fast, you actually have a shot. When something's rolling around for three years, it's harder. This film was a month from inception to production, and then 12 days to shoot. Even Nathan [Fillion] did not tweet for that long."

Details of "Much Ado About Nothing", which was entirely shot at Whedon's house, were kept under tight wraps until Sunday, October 23, when its stars, and Sean Maher, as well as costume designer Shawna Trpcic tweeted a link to a website announcing the movie which also stars and .

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