It was recently announced that Joss Whedon‘s super stylized, super black-and-white, super awesome adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” will see its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Whedon filmed his take on the classic Shakespeare comedy over twelve days in his Santa Monica home with the help of friends and family. Almost everyone involved in the production had worked with Whedon before on various projects, from Clark Gregg of “The Avengers” to Amy Acker of “Angel” and Fran Kranz of “Dollhouse” and “The Cabin in the Woods.”
The twelve-day Shakespeare filming spree was meant to be Whedon and wife Kai Cole’s vacation after production of “The Avengers” wrapped. Instead, the Geek God and his minions made a 107-minute-long indie film, proving that genius never sleeps.
TIFF describes Whedon’s adaptation thusly:
Shakespeare’s classic comedy gets contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s stylized adaptation. Shot in just twelve days using the original text, the story of sparring lovers Beatrice (Amy Acker) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof) offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.
The Toronto International Film Festival will take place September 6th-16th at various venues throughout Toronto. It is one of the largest film festivals in the world, screening 300 films from over 60 countries every September. You can find out more about the debut of Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at the TIFF website.