Basking in the glow of “The Avengers” record-breaking box office results (the inevitable sequel is officially in the works), beloved director/TV creator Joss Whedon took to fan site Whedonesque for an “interview” with someone by the name of “Rutherford D. Actualperson” to talk about what’s next, about dealing with success after years of series snipped short, and to thank his following: “I have people, in my life, on this site, in places I’ve yet to discover, that always made me feel the truth of success: an artist and an audience communicating. Communicating to the point of collaborating.” A few highlights:
His heart is still in TV.
“TV is my great love. To tell stories with that alacrity, intensity, and immediacy… Nothing quite like it,” he wrote. “I imagine it’s not dissimilar to the feeling great poker players have: ‘Here’s what I got, here’s where I’m going… How to trick everybody into thinking I know what I’m doing?’ [Full disclosure : Joss hates poker. He is probably talking about bridge. But it should apply nonetheless.].” In other words, he has no imminent small screen projects, or at least none that he can discuss.
He’s still committed to making web series.
According to Whedon, “There may be new ideas realized — I always leave myself open to that — but my commitment to Wastelanders and Dr H.2 does not waver. Those stories bubble on my stove.” “Wastelanders” is intended to be a five-part “internet television” series Whedon’s been co-writing with Warren Ellis, who describes it as a “sort of a funny horrible story about the end of the world.” And a sequel to 2008’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” has been teased for three years — Whedon told Wired in March that they were hoping to shoot this summer.
His next film is an indie Shakespeare adaptation.
“I’m finishing ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ this month,” he wrote. “If you liked ‘The Avengers,’ you’ll love… I can’t. It’s Shakespeare. And not in the park. I hope it gets watched.” “Much Ado About Nothing” was shot in 12 days in Santa Monica and features many Whedon regulars, including Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz and Sean Maher.
But really, he’s all about animals playing sports.
Thanks to “The Avengers,” he claimed “I can get a studio to finance my dream project, the reboot of ‘Air Bud’ that we all feel is so long overdue. (He could play Jai Alai! Think of the emotional ramifications of JAI ALAI!!!!).”
Check out the full interview here.