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 →
How do I become friends with Joss Whedon? If this is how he spends his vacations, filming Shakespeare adaptations at his absolutely stunning house with a troupe of enormously talented actors and friends, then sign me up. Much Ado About Nothing is damn near perfect, the melding of two brilliant minds across 400 years. It’s clear that both Joss and his cast have a deep understanding both of the subject matter and the Shakespearean dialogue, and I hope we get to see a lot more of this sort of thing from him, once The Avengers 2 is done filming.
Much Ado About Nothing tells the story of two romances that take place as a prince comes to stay with a local governor. Continue reading →