Much Ado About Nothing

Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to director Joss Whedon’s adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing, " which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Like another pickup the companies made today, "Thanks For Sharing, " the film will be a joint theatrical release by Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions.

The contemporary spin on the Shakespeare comedy stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Clark Gregg, and Reed Diamond.

Whedon previously teamed with Lionsgate on "Cabin in the Woods," released earlier this year.  Kai Cole and Whedon produced the film through Bellwether Pictures, with Daniel Kaminsky as co-producer.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Lionsgate by Jason Constantine, president of acquisitions and co-productions, with Eda Kowan, senior VP of acquisitions and Wendy Jaffe, executive VP of business and legal affairs. CAA represented the filmmakers in the sale.