Director Joss Whedon, in seeming defiance of the laws of time when it comes to film production, has managed to secretly film his own take on the classic Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing over the course of just 12 days at his Santa Monica home. The prolific cult status director and sci-fi/fantasy creator somehow squeezed in the entire film process while also shooting the upcoming Avengers blockbuster and working on a variety of other projects he’s attached to.
The news broke when Whedon alum Nathan Fillion tweeted a link to the film’s website. Earlier today, a press release surfaced on said website confirming more details about the film including the full casting. Check out the full release here.
“Bellwether Pictures proudly announces the completion of principal photography on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel’s upcoming THE AVENGERS, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”). Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica, the film features a stellar cast of beloved (or soon to be beloved) actors – some of them veterans of Shakespearean theater, some completely new to the form. But all dedicated to the idea that this story bears retelling, that this dialogue is as fresh and intoxicating as any being written, and that the joy of working on a passion project surrounded by dear friends, admired colleagues and an atmosphere of unabashed rapture far outweighs their hilariously miniature paychecks.”