Sunday, October 23, 2011

Everybody lives, just this once Whedon fans, everybody lives!

With social media it only takes one tweet or post to get a fandom into a tizzy. Case in point, about an hour ago Nathan Fillion tweeted this:

When you clicked on the link it went to this:

From what I read on the interwebs, it's already been filmed, during Whedon's two week break from filming The Avengers and it looks like it might be a web-series, but we know until it comes out. If it's going to be web based, it'll be his first since Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog.

Much Ado About Nothing centers around Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero. Benedick and Beatrice, who may have had a past relationship, bicker with each other constantly proclaiming how they will never marry. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Claudio and Hero are blissfully in love with each other with plans to marry. It's through trickery that Benedick and Beatrice declare their love for each other and what causes Claudio to leave Hero at the altar. Who would cause such trickery, the evil Don John of course. It's also one of the first forms of romantic-comedy.

This will be the third version of Much Ado out this year. During the summer there two productions in London. The first one was at Shakespeare's Globe that starred Eve Best (Wallis Simpson in A Kings Speech) as Beatrice and Charles Edwards as Benedick, while the second starred Catherine Tate and David Tennant (they really like to work together) as Beatrice and Benedick in 1980's Gibraltar. 
Here's an audio clip of them singing "We Go Together."

Also in 2005, there was BBC TV production called ShakespeaRe-Told, where his plays received a modern retelling. This version was set in a local news station and starred Damien Lewis (Homeland) and Sarah Parish (Merlin). It also stars Billie Piper (Doctor Who) as Hero (I swear, there will be point where I reference Doctor Who in every post I write about). 

I don't know to what extent the play is going to be adapted to, but this might be the first time that no one dies in a Joss Whedon project. Hence the title of this post. 

But you never know...

Edit: A press release for this project has been released and it's going to be completed early spring an will be released through the festival circuit, "because it is fancy." Plus there's an article about it on Entertainment Weekly's site which included these production stills.

Photo Credit: Elsa Guillet-Chapuis via

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