The Best Part Of Waking Up

Part 1 of a probably two parter.

If you don’t already own everything in my store… what… what’s wrong? Are you ok? 

Joss Whedon signs a multiyear deal with one of the largest entertainment companies in the world (Disney/Marvel/ABC/Haliburton/Goldman Sachs/Yu-Gi-Oh Cards, Inc.), directs a billion dollar movie and still makes time to have fun making stuff with his friends. This guy… this is my kind of guy.

 COMMENTERS: What do you think of the Much Ado About Nothing trailer? Legitimately good film or a feel good fun time friend gang having a friendly feel good funtime, no harm, no foul, but not a great movie? What other classic works would you like to see Whedon or other geek film makers adapt?

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  1. Given the fact that Whedon is friends with a lot of awesome actors AND a huge Shakespeare AND a guy who actually knows how to direct, I'm going to make the prediction that's it's going to be a great movie.
    If for no other reason, he made a Keanu free "Much Ado".

    • That last statement made me think of Keanu Reeves in "The Merchant of Venice beach":
      "Hath not a dude eyes? If you prick us, do we not get bummed? If you poison us, do we not blow chunks?"

  2. I am very much looking forward to Joss's Much Ado. I was excited when I first heard that he'd done it, and seeing the trailer only enhance that

    Also, I'm going to have to try making coffles. I once put a packet of instant coffee in a batch of pancake batter.

    It was very, very good.

    • Word of warning, if you add instant espresso powder to your waffle batter remember to limit any kids eating them to 2 waffles at most.

      My sister-in-law is still pissed that I sent my nephew and niece back home hopped up on high test waffles covered in sugary maple syrup before Sunday Mass.

  3. I'm quite possibly more excited about Joss making this movie than anything else he's been involved with for a while, because its so unexpected. And since its an existing story there can't be too much insidery-'all-my-cool-friends-hanging-out-you'll-watch-anything-I-do'. Plus, it seems like he took a darker twist to the comedy, which is definitely there for exploring.

    Joss is one of the few people I trust to say 'I needed to make this thing'. I feel like it was a way to feed his creativity in a time of controlled chaos, rather than sapping his creativity, and it'll be all the better for that. Plus it got Joss tweeting, which is fantastic.

  4. Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog is a perfect example of Joss Whedon and friends making worthwhile art purely out of the desire and love to do so, no financial objectives driving the process.

    I'm sure "Much Ado About Nothing" will be in that same category, and from the trailer I'm even more certain that I absolutely must see it!

  5. I'm contractually obligated to see it as a double English-major, but even not having seen the trailer, I would STILL go see this movie anyway!

  6. As this is my favorite Bill Shakyspear play, their is a little bit of worry, but the trailer looks great and I trust Joss to put forward something that is at least entertaining.

  7. No, Wesley, it's a trick! This is all an illusion created by the Senior Partners to lure you into a false sense of security so that they can truly claim you as their servant. If you succumb to their deception, Wolfram and Hart won't just own your soul, your mind will be dominated for all time.

  8. Completely agree. Whedon's best work tends to be made with friends out of a desire to make quality film. Couldn't be more excited about this.

  9. Love the comic, but just an FYI about "coffle" — it's already an existing word, and means "a line of people or animals fastened together, especially a chain of prisoners or slaves." And especially, historically in the U.S., it refers to the latter. So, if you google image search "coffle" what you get are OVERWHELMINGLY pictures of slaves, slaver's torture devices, & etc — think the opening scene of Django Unchained. Though I'd much rather it meant waffles+coffee, that's waaay less depressing.

  10. Whedon is friendly with Disney. Disney now owns Star Wars. JJ can direct, but I want Joss writing them. Who am I kidding? You know he has the scripts under his mattress.

  11. Joss and friends doing one of my favorite Shakespeare comedies? Definitely IN! Would love to see Joss and friends do an adaptation of some indie comic book properties like Transmetropolitan or 100 Bullets

  12. I… I don't…

    The Much Ado About Nothing trailer was one of the most horrifying things I've seen in ages, and I want no part of it.

    Sometimes I just don't understand you people. :/

  13. Wow, I saw Much Ado at TIFF way back in September and I forget that it's not yet been released to the general public.

    I will say this. If you like Shakespeare movies, you'll like Whedon's Much Ado. If you're more indifferent to Shakespeare, you might enjoy it at times and be bored occationally. If you don't like Shakespeare, well, I'm not sure the movie would change your mind.

    The actors are all really good and they do a great job with the language. The black and white film can be a little hard to get used to but eventually you stop thinking about it. Overall, I thought it was an interesting adaptation to the play though a part of me almost wishes they had updated the language to go with more modern setting, just to see what it would have been like. Same play, no extra action or anything, just less Shakespearean English.

    Really though, I enjoyed it because I love me some Shakespeare and it was fun to see some of the actors that I've grown to love in the past years doing some classic literature. Also, Nathan Fillion was hilarious as Dogberry. Great choice there.

    • IMO, the best thing about Shakespeare is his word usage. I don’t know how you can change the language and still keep the fantastic rhythm, hidden meanings, and most of all puns that the original text is peppered with.

      • I've seen a lot of adaptations of Shakespeare and it really is an amazing writer who can update the language and still keep the original feel and humor (or tragedy) of the story. I'm not saying all Shakespeare everywhere should be adjusted but it would be nice to see what talented people can do with a classic script such as Much Ado.

        And I wasn't kidding, I really have watched a lot of Shakespeare in my time. Studied it for a few semesters in college as well. I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination so I'm not trying to claim any superiority. I just think it would be neat to see what a writer can do with the story without changing it as dramatically as some do.

  14. I think it could be interesting. I'll bet Amy and Alexis as Beatrice and Benedick works really really well (somehow seems the same vibe as Fred and Wesley). Nathan Fillion as Dogberry sounds good too – he's got the "I don't care if I make an ass of myself as long as it fits with the scene" attitude to make it work. And Clark Gregg – I need to see more of his stuff.

  15. I saw this at the premier in Toronto last year, and it was most excellent. The Shakespearean is a little jarring at first, but you quickly get used to it. Plus, the actors are obviously having so much fun that you can't not enjoy watching them.

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