According to a tweet from Nathan Fillion and several internet sites re-siting the tweet Whedon has adapted and directed the play “Much Ado About Nothing” into a film set to release the film at some future date yet to be determined. This bit of geeky excitement invaded the internet yesterday. Read a couple of “articles” here and here. I put “article” in quotes because there mostly full of speculation based on a tweet. While a reliable source, nonetheless it was not a lot of information just a lot of speculation.
However this morning, a quick glance at the film’s website here links to a Press Release which states that principle photography has been completed on the film, which was filmed in just twelve days in Santa Monica. This is the first feature from Joss Whedon’s new production company Bellwether Productions. Bellwether is a term which is defined as: One that serves as a leader or as a leading indicator of future trends. The press release states that Bellwhether Productions is a small independent production company dedicated to using the latest technology and the newest forms of media to produce small independent narratives from people who have more passion for the project than capital.
The film was shot in black and white and stars Alexis Denisof (Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, and How I Met Your Mother (which incidentally stars his wife, Alyson Hannigan (Buffy), and has had a slew of Whedon Alums as guest stars) and Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, and 21 and a Wake-up) as Benedict and Beatrice, respectively. Both Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker (as well as most of the rest of the cast) are Whedon Alums, and it is not surprising that a man who invites friends over for Shakespeare readings has taken those interested in the Bard’s stories and his passion for Shakespeare’s plays to the next level in this latest project of his. Nathan Fillion is credited as line-producer (which apparently means manager of operations) and Dogberry (my favorite character in the play, and played to perfection by Michael Keaton in Branagh’s version), and I am excited to see Fillion’s version of the character! I am looking forward to what appears to be a quirky, indie film, about one of my favorite Shakespeare plays (of which I watch either the historical ones or the comedies, the tragedies make me mad and irritated. “Romeo and Juliet”, UGH!). The film is set to be completed by spring and will run the independent festival circuit (“because it is fancy”) which means we probably wont be seeing it for a while.
But what I think should be taken from all of this, what I believe to be most important, is that Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) appears to be a Whedon Alum (can you be an alum if you are still filming with him?) as he also worked/is working with Whedon in The Avengers and will play Leonato in Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. Which means by extension that he will continue to pop up in Whedon’s future endeavors???? I think so! Booyah!