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February 17 2013

"Too much of a good thing?" - a Joss Whedon interview. With 'Much Ado About Nothing' having its British premiere next Sunday, the Scottish newspaper 'The Sunday Herald' speaks to Joss about his Shakespeare movie. There's also an update about his other low-budget movie "In Your Eyes".

This is a great little piece.
Definitely one of my favourite recent interviews. If his take on the play really comes through in the film, it should be wonderful.
Terrific interview. Excited to see how "In Your Eyes" is going to be released.
Very lovely interview!
Great interview! I really hope In Her Eyes is good, I don't trust that director with Joss' material, but hopefully I am wrong and it's fantastic.
I can't wait to eventually see Much Ado, as well as In Your Eyes.

losthero47, do you mean you don't trust that particular director, or you don't trust any other director with Joss's work? I've never seen anything directed by Brin Hill, but I've always thought that with Joss's TV shows he's always been excellent at choosing who to trust with his material. I can only assume this is no exception.
This interview was a wonderful read. I love Joss discussing The Bard and becoming a power obsessed ruler of his own film company. It's cool.

Slightly sidebar : I do need clarification on Toy Story, apologies to those readers rolling their eyes and groaning. Is it now "more" official that he worked on the screenplay as it was mentioned in the last two interviews? He's on IMDB for the screenplay with a team. I've only been here a few years and just don't remember him getting this much credit for Toy Story until the Avengers went nuclear. Thanks!
Journalists are researching it more, plus I think it's plastered on IMDB and Wikipedia now which makes a HUGE difference in terms of journalist knowledge.
So when did Wikipedia and IMDB change?

And thanks for not throwing old toast at me @gossi. I love love love Toy Story and to see Joss get some credit for his work on it is just unbelievably awesome.

[ edited by hann23 on 2013-02-17 14:46 ]
We've been saying for years that we wanted more cool stuff to watch. But did he listen to us? Thank goodness Kai did as well.
And I would say that darkness definately comes through in Much Ado. How many Festivals has it been at now? Anyone keeping track?
I think Much Ado has only screened at one (in public) so far. Ireland and then Glasgow are next. I'm going to the Glasgow one. Feel free to throw old toast at me.
As refreshing as a cool mountain spring to read.
This is an excellent interview, the interviewer deserves a lot of credit for interesting questions and following up on interesting answers. I love hearing Joss talk about his work, which he is usually willing to do when the interviewer allows him the chance.

I cannot wait to see MAAN (which I don't expect to see before it is released next June), and I'll be looking forward to hearing about when and where and how 'In Your Eyes' will be available to the public.
Netflix exclusive maybe?
"The only way to real mature love is to get past the tropes of what we consider romance," Whedon suggests. "That to me was something very dark but kind of beautiful, and once I understood the darkness of the thing, and once I understood that Claudio and Hero's story is a real parallel to Beatrice and Benedick and they're not just filler, then I started to get more and more interested in it. And everything started to fall into place."

I love this idea, but am not sure I agree. I think mature, open-eyed love that embraces the un-idealized reality of the beloved is essential, but it doesn't replace romance. I think you need to marry your hero, even if not for the reasons Claudio weds Hero. Kind of like this:
"Bellwether started basically when Kai turned to me and said 'I need you to make more cool things for me to watch'."

Pointy, I took the 'romance' that was to be got past, tropes and all, was the distorting ideal rather than any and every kind of romance. Though my reading wouldn't be so very dark, so perhaps you are right. Either version makes for an idea worth investigating, though, whether it is turns out to be true or not. Exploring false ideas can be rather instructive, I tend to think, and often strangely moving. But then I still have a soft spot for the subversive pseudo-redemption of Taxi Driver.
Pointy: Notice that Joss said "what we consider romance", instead of "romance". I suspect what you wrote is not that different from what he was describing.

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