Joss Whedon’s low-fi Much Ado About Nothing has been picked up for North American distribution by Lionsgate. The deal was made this week at the Toronto International Film Festival where the Shakespeare comedy adaptation had its premier.
Whedon shot the film last fall over a two week period immediately after production wrapped on The Avengers with a cast that includes Whedon project veterans Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion and Tom Lenk. The film is the first from Whedon’s low budget Bellwether production company.
In a press release, Whedon stated –
I’m thrilled to be working with my cronies at Lionsgate again, and with The Roadside team. That they all embrace a Shakespearean romance with the same enthusiasm they had for Cabin in the Woods shows that they’re exactly the mad fools we want to be partying – I mean working – with.
There’s no word yet as to when the film will hit theaters though I suspect we won’t see it before next spring.
I have to wonder if we’ll see this advertised as “From the director of The Avengers,” which would be a rather silly way to advertise a Shakespeare film.