Just when you thought that Buffy creator Joss Whedon couldn’t get any busier, he does. And we aren’t just talking about his film work here. In the day before his newest film premieres, Joss is doing the publicity route and talking to everybody about anything. The short of it is, he’s been talking about Avengers 2, Serenity (2) and Shakespeare.
First up on the list of all things Whedon, is the Avengers 2 talk. Even though the film has been given the green light and we all know that Joss will be directing, technically, Robert Downey Jr, aka Iron Man, has yet to sign up to appear in the Avengers Sequel. Joss has gone on record saying that, in effect, no Downey, no film, or as the genius himself said, “I have no intention of making Avengers 2 without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that,” said Whedon. He added that Downey Jr. “is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond.”
Despite the almost ambiguous Bond reference, Connery was actually replaced by five other actors, if you count ex car salesman George Lazenby; Joss did his best to reassure the legions of Downey fans that he will be back as Tony Stark.
Despite the fact that Whedon is also working on the small screen version of the Marvel verse in the form of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Lazarus type trick that he’s performed by bringing back Agent Phil Coulson from the dead, another topic that was brought up was the possibility of a Serenity 2.
Never mind if Whedon hasn’t the time or even the energy to perform such a miracle, but would he even be able to bring the crew of the Serenity back together for another flight through the stars? Nathan Fillion calls that “an impossibility.”
Of course he could do a prequel which would allow Wash to rise from the dead in a similar way to Agent Coulson, but Mal Reynolds himself, or to be more accurate, Nathan Fillion who played Mal on both the big and little screen, says it’s not going to happen.
Fillion said, “That was a project that lived for so short a time, and such a long time ago, I would look at that as an impossibility.” Nathan was talking to HitFix about the possibility of making a Serenity 2. The Castle star said, “Joss Whedon made a movie of it — something I also considered an impossibility. So I look at that and think, ‘Where is the hope?’ But knowing Joss Whedon, I try not to underestimate that man.”
Joss Whedon has always had a soft spot for Firefly, and of course the verse in the film version of it as Serenity. But with Avengers 2 coming up, his Shakespeare adaptation opening on 7 June and his work on the small screen Marvel verse it isn’t too surprising that he’s not really saying a lot about his space western.
Fans of the unfairly cancelled Firefly western space opera still hold out hope that the series will return in one form or another. Supporters point to the Veronica Mars movie getting funded via Kickstarter and the return of Arrested Development coming back after a seven year hiatus as proof that Firefly could rise like a victorious phoenix from the ashes. But Fillion’s point is a good one, the combination of trying to get all the original actors back and Joss’s busy schedule do indeed make the prospect seem impossible.
Now let’s talk about the Baird and Whedon. What a combination that will be. Joss’s new film opens on 7 June and it is his updated version of Shakespeare’s well loved play, Much Ado about Nothing. Which incidentally has Nathan Fillion in it.
The modernised version of the play has quite a few other Whedon regulars. Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Fillion, and Tom Lenk. Sara Michelle Gellar and Eliza Dushku will not be in the Shakespearean themed film.
It appears that Joss wanted to work on something that did not require a break neck pace, like the Avengers did. He knew just what he wanted to do as soon as the cameras stopped on the Marvel film. He needed to get his friends on board for his litte project so he devised a cunning plan.
Whedon explained, “I threw myself a coming home party because I had been in Albuquerque suffering and Kai [his wife] said we should shoot Much Ado during a vacation. I literally walked away from the rubble of the NY street into a bookstore and got myself a copy and was thumbing through it. I saw an extra and told him I was going to be making a movie and he said: “Oh, I just thought you were being pretentious.”
“So I had this party and was like: “Hi, how are you doing? What are you doing for, say, the next three weeks?” I had to get all my ducks in a row before going forward,” he added.
Using his favourite actors, Joss says that he reckons both Acker and Alexis Denisof (who plays Benedick) helped him make his decision to move forward with the adaptation which was given its UK premiere at Glasgow Film Festival earlier this year.
Despite all the things that Joss Whedon has been talking about in the days running up to his US Premiere of Much Ado about Nothing, there has not been one word about a Buffy reunion. Just a lot of talk about, Avengers 2, Serenity (2) and Shakespeare. Perhaps Joss can talk a Buffy reunion, or reboot, after the film opens. Here’s hoping.
By Michael Smith