There are fewer TIFF titles that had a better chance of acquisition than Much Ado About Nothing. Mostly faithful Shakespeare adaptations aren’t exactly box office gold — for very recent examples, look no further than Coriolanus or The Tempest — nor does black and white help any modern film’s commercial case, but Joss Whedon and his ragtag group of buddies have the following to raise any wise distributors interest. It doesn’t hurt that the thing’s supposed to be really, really good.
So, now, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions — who appear to really be digging into the festival this year — are snatching up the Avengers director’s much smaller-scale comedy. And it’s a pick-up I can’t wait to see for myself, as those at Toronto have really responded to Whedon‘s vision, complimenting Much Ado About Nothing both for its potent take on the traditional text and the talent of its cast. [Variety]
Said cast consists of Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, Alexis Denisof, Tom Lenk, along with a whole slew of other Whedon regulars. Important to note, becuase it’s their collaboration with someone who knows them so well which has me looking out for Much Ado About Nothing; that’s also made it one of my most-anticipated titles from the festival.
Do you hope to see Much Ado before long? Is this on account of Whedon, Shakespeare, or both?
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