Much Ado About Nothing <-- Joss Whedon’s! (trailer)


Can Joss Whedon get mainsteam audiences to appreciate Shakespeare? The release plan at the moment for the U.S. and Canada seems to be a limited release expanding to wide, so someone has big hopes for it.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone discovered how much fun Shakespeare can be, and every summer from now on we have get a Bard tentpole?

Hey, I can dream…

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I_Sell_Books
I_Sell_Books
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 2:08pm

Omfg this looks amazing!! Shakespeare, yeah!

Christian Clem
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 2:12pm

Joss really is a perfect fit for adapting Shakespeare because he uses the Shakespearean style so wonderfully. He weaves humor and darkness together in a way that few writers can ever hope to do. He writes with a sharp and biting tongue while keeping it all very grounded in reality.
I just covered Hamlet with my high school seniors using the RSC production with David and Sir Patrick. They mostly enjoyed it. I’ve thought about covering Much Ado with the RSC production with David and Catherine, but I would rather use this version because I think that the setting and directing would be more interesting to my young audience.
Plus, you know, half the casts of Joss’s previous works.

Ryan
Ryan
reply to  Christian Clem
Sat, Mar 09, 2013 9:09pm

You should do both versions. When I was studying Literature at school, I loved seeing all the different versions of a particular book or play. I saw two different performances of The Importance of Being Earnest, one classic, one contemporised (with some bizarrely choreographed slapstick) Its good to see a variety of retellings. It’s always fascinating to get a different perspective with each version, especially if the dialogue is unchanged. Shakespeare is known for his minimal stage directions, so his works are ripe for multiple incarnations

Michael in Seattle
Michael in Seattle
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 4:27pm

This is my favorite Shakespeare play, and I’m especially jazzed to find Fillion is playing Dogberry (maybe he can redeem Michael Keaton), but…why black and white? Seems kind of bleak for a comedy. Or is that just for the trailer?

MisterAntrobus
MisterAntrobus
reply to  Michael in Seattle
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 4:46pm

Redeem Michael Keaton? I thought he was hilarious in Branagh’s version.

Hank Graham
Hank Graham
reply to  MisterAntrobus
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 6:45pm

It’s a matter of taste. I’m with Michael on this one, as I didn’t like Keaton’s choices in the part.

Gemmabeta
reply to  Michael in Seattle
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 9:04pm

Whedon basically made the movie with his own pocket money. B&W film stock is much cheaper than colour.

MisterAntrobus
MisterAntrobus
reply to  Gemmabeta
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 9:38pm

This looks like it was shot on digital, which is cheaper than any film stock now.

Paul
Paul
reply to  Gemmabeta
Sat, Mar 09, 2013 1:11am

According to my film-maker friend (though granted, this is a decade ago), B&W film stock is way more expensive than colour.

Ryan_T_H
Ryan_T_H
reply to  Gemmabeta
Sat, Mar 09, 2013 7:19am

No, he didn’t shoot on film, it’s video. But you don’t need to colour balance /white balance B&W. Makes it much, much faster to shoot. Less set-up and quicker scenes.

Paul
Paul
reply to  Ryan_T_H
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 2:32am

That makes sense.

Margaret Tougher
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 6:00pm

I have been waiting so long for this to be released. I’m glad they finally chose a date.

Hank Graham
Hank Graham
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 6:43pm

MaryAnn and Everyone:

I’m hoping for good things for Joss’s “Much Ado,” but I want to make a pitch here for everyone to get their hands on a copy of “ShakespeaRe-Told” from the UK. They did updated versions of four of the plays, and the best of the bunch was their updated “Much Ado,” with Damian Lewis (Homeland, Band of Brothers), Sarah Parish, and Billie Piper.

cautia
cautia
reply to  Hank Graham
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 10:42pm

I loved the MacBeth myself. I especially loved their take on the witches.

Gemmabeta
reply to  cautia
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 1:21am

wasn’t that the one set in the restaurant?

cautia
cautia
reply to  Gemmabeta
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 12:21pm

Yes, Duncan’s. Duncan was the celebrity owner, MacBeth was the actual head chef, and he and his wife Elle (Ella?) were resentful that Duncan got all the credit for MacBeth’s work.

madderrose74
madderrose74
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 8:41pm

“Would you like me to lie to you now?”
“Yes, thank you. Yes.”
*sob*

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
reply to  madderrose74
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 9:16pm

That was nothing compared to:

“Wesley? Why can’t I stay??”

*dies a little inside everytime*

madderrose74
madderrose74
reply to  Dr. Rocketscience
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 9:29pm

Which asks the question– how will Whedon find a way to run our hearts through the meat grinder with this?

“Oh, btw, this is Benedick’s final hallucination as he dies in the battle.”

“Cool twist, guys–Don John shoots Beatrice just as she and Benedick profess their love.”

Tonio Kruger
reply to  Dr. Rocketscience
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 9:32pm

“Every night I save you…” *sniff*

Mate Sršen
Sat, Mar 09, 2013 2:45am

That really is an all-star cast of Whedon players. Only good can come of this.

teenygozer
teenygozer
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 3:43am

That looks amazing.

I remember reading many years ago (during Buffy’s run) that Joss would have the cast over on the weekends and they’d all hang out and do a Shakespeare play, just for fun.

AA
AA
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 10:09pm

Oh.My.Gawd! I desperately want to see this NOW!