A few weeks ago, when Much Ado About Nothing official premiered, Entertainment Weekly ran a short article about who Joss Whedon should look to for inspiration. They asked his actors from Much Ado and they came up with some interesting suggestions. Alexis Denisof recommended something by Charles Dickens. Reed Diamond and Clark Gregg wanted to do more Shakespeare, specifically Twelfth Night and my personal favorite, The Tempest. Several people brought up Anton Chekhov, perhaps Three Sisters. I’m sure there are many plays that he could adapt in a similar style, in a short period of time with a tiny budget, and I hope that more Shakespeare is in his future.
But I nearly spit water all over my computer screen when I read that Joss, himself, said, “I’m a huge Dickens fan.” Continue reading