Joss Whedon’s Much ado about nothing

Ok, maybe its more of Joss Whedon’s version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” But just reading the cast list is enough to reignite a passion for the bard’s tale.

The film (webfilm? short? short webfilm?) is the first project to be released under Bellwether pictures, Joss and his wife Kai Cole’s studio. We are not sure what sort of wizardry was used to allow Joss free time to film the project even if it only took 12 days to complete. No release date is known as yet but take a look at the info so far.


Santa Monica, CA (October 24th, 2011)
Bellwether Pictures proudly announces the completion of principal photography on
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy
adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel’s upcoming THE AVENGERS, “Dr.
Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”). Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa
Monica, the film features a stellar cast of beloved (or soon to be beloved) actors – some
of them veterans of Shakespearean theater, some completely new to the form. But all
dedicated to the idea that this story bears retelling, that this dialogue is as fresh and
intoxicating as any being written, and that the joy of working on a passion project
surrounded by dear friends, admired colleagues and an atmosphere of unabashed rapture
far outweighs their hilariously miniature paychecks.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is the first feature from Bellwether, a micro-studio
created by Joss Whedon and Kai Cole for the production of small, independent narratives
for all media, embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a
somewhat older story.
Shot in glorious black and white by Jay Hunter (PAPER HEART, “Dollhouse”), the film
stars Amy Acker (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Alias”) and Alexis Denisof (“How I Met
Your Mother”, “Angel”) as Beatrice and Benedick, the world’s least likely lovers headed
for their inevitable tumble into love. As Joss Whedon puts it: “The text is to me a
deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love
letter – to the text, to the cast, even to the house it’s shot in.” The supporting cast
includes Nathan Fillion (“Castle”, WAITRESS) as Dogberry, Clark Gregg (AVENGERS,
IRON MAN) as Leonato, Fran Kranz (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Dollhouse”) as
Claudio and Reed Diamond (“Franklin & Bash”, MONEYBALL) as Don Pedro.
The film was produced by Whedon, line-produced by Nathan Kelly and M. Elizabeth
Hughes, and co-produced by Kai Cole and Danny Kaminsky. The super-impressive cast
is listed below. Full tech credits (for the extraordinary crew) will be up shortly. The film
should be completed by early spring and headed for the festival circuit, because it is
fancy.
www.muchadothemovie.com

The Players:
Amy Acker – Beatrice
Alexis Denisof – Benedick
Nathan Fillion – Dogberry
Clark Gregg – Leonato
Reed Diamond – Don Pedro
Fran Kranz – Claudio
Sean Maher – Don John
Spencer Treat Clark – Borachio
Riki Lindhome – Conrade
Ashley Johnson – Margaret
Emma Bates – Ursula
Tom Lenk – Verges
Nick Kocher – First Watchman
Brian McElhaney – Second Watchman
Joshua Zar – Leonato’s aide
Paul M. Meston – Friar Francis
Romy Rosemont – The Sexton
And introducing Jillian Morgese as Hero

Review – Dead Man’s Run #0

Written By: Greg Pak
Illustrated By: Tony Parker
Colored By: Peter Steigerwald
Letters By: Josh Reed
Cover B: Micah Gunnell & Peter Steigerwald
Published By: Aspen Comics

 

Dead Man’s Run gets right down to business.  We meet Captain Romero right away and immediately get some intriguing back story about the maximum security prison, the Andrew Jackson Federal Corrections Facility, he works at.  For all intents and purposes it seems like a relatively normal prison, that is, until an escape attempt occurs.  We find out that the prison has many layers, and  a lot of levels of security clearance.  This begins to make the reader wonder why a normal prison would have such things.  We soon learn that this is not at all a normal prison.  This particular prison has a special realm that is literally Hell and it is “guided by justice”.  It appears that when you are a sinner and you die this is where you go.  We get a glimpse into Hell, and it doesn’t look like anywhere anyone would want to wind up!  Captain Romero, who we learn from some back story, is a balls out, do what you have to do kind of guy, along with that though, sometimes he may have not done the right thing.  He gathers a “troop” and storms Hell.  It seems that this might be his new home for quite some time. Along the way we meet some other interesting characters and it looks as though the story will revolve around them.  The warden, Sam, and Sam’s sister, Juniper.  The story alludes there might be some innocents in Hell as well and
I imagine that freeing these innocents from the imploding/perilous Hell will be a large part of where this story will take us.

Dead Man’s Run definitely peaked my interest.  It does a very good job setting up the story and giving the reader a glimpse into where the story is going.  If there are potentially innocent people (who “convicted” them?) locked up in Hell and how they will get out could be very interesting.  The art and dialog are very good and the comic itself has a lot of potential.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆