Somehow, Joss Whedon managed to plan, adapt, rehearse, shoot and edit an entire second film while he was working on The Avengers. Some of that was keeping the project smaller, some of it was keeping it in the family, and some of it was in taking on a project that was already in fit shape – and you don't get much fitter than a screenplay by Shakespeare.
The result is Much Ado About Nothing, Whedon style, Shakespeare staged as one long, drunken party scene. Filmed in Whedon's own house with many regular members of his recurring troupe, the only thing to give away that this isn't a Joss original is the rather florid, rhythmic patter – and even then, only just.
I sat down with Whedon to talk about this new film, his work on the upcoming SHIELD show, and what's next for his home-made movie studio-ette, Bellweather Pictures. Here's what he had to tell me.
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