Much Ado About Nothing (2012 film)

Much Ado About Nothing
Directed by Joss Whedon
Produced by Joss Whedon
Based on Much Ado About Nothing by
William Shakespeare
Cinematography Jay Hunter
Studio Bellwether Pictures
Country United States
Language English

Much Ado About Nothing is an independent film made by Joss Whedon and based on the Shakespeare play of the same name. The film is due to be released in 2012.[1]



Much Ado About Nothing is the first feature from Bellwether, a micro-studio created by Whedon and his wife Kai Cole.[1][2] It was shot entirely on location at Whedon's house in Santa Monica in 12 days.[1] The film was shot in black and white by director of photography Jay Hunter, largely using hand-held cameras.[1][3] Whedon described the text as "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 film was produced by Whedon, line-produced by Nathan Kelly and M. Elizabeth Hughes, and co-produced by Kai Cole and Danny Kaminsky.[1]

Whedon asked the cast and crew to keep quiet about the project until principal photography was completed.[4] The first public hint of the film came on Twitter postings by actors Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher and costume designer Shawna Trpcic on October 23, 2011.[5]


As of October 24, 2011 (2011 -10-24), no distributor has been found for the film.[2] Whedon said that he hopes to take the film to film festivals "because it sounded like it would be festive".[2]


Clark Gregg, who was working with the director on The Avengers at the time, stepped in at very short notice to play the role of Leonato, which was originally intended for Anthony Head who was unavailable.[2]

See also

  • In Your Eyes


External links

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