Not one to worry about the concerns of others, Joss Whedon has surprised his die-hard cult of fans yet again, today announcing that he shot a version of William Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing. Well, at least that’s the word coming out today, after Whedon-cohort Nathan Fillion tweeted a link to the movie’s website displaying the above image to announce the movie.
According to MuchAdoTheMovie.com, the movie was quietly shot in Santa Monica over a 12 day period. This is the first production for Whedon’s new company Bellwether, which he formed with Kai Cole, for the main intention of producing micro-budget content for all forms of media.
Many are flabbergasted by the news, especially since Whedon has been so wrapped up filming The Avengers for release next summer, but it seems to be true. The film will star Whedon friend Amy Acker as Beatrice and Alexis Denisof will play Benedick. The cast is rounded out by other Whedon friends Nathan Fillion as Dogberry, and Clark Gregg as Leonato.
This is not the first time Whedon has ventured into new media projects, previously finding success with his Neil Patrick Harris‘ Dr. Horrible Sing-Along-Blog which gained him an even deeper cult following.
Despite the relative unbelievability of the news, it’s great to see Whedon embracing new releasing strategies while still maintaining relationships with the people he has worked with most often in the past.
As more news comes out, or an official trailer, we’ll be sure to keep you updated. In the meantime, the release says the film will be hitting the spring festival rounds. What do you think? Do you care at all?