Joss Whedon In Your Eyes

Joss Whedon‘s next movie as a director is about as mainstream and big-budget as movies get. But his next release as a writer is more Much Ado About Nothing than Avengers. Directed by Brin Hill, In Your Eyes follows two people (Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David) who’ve never met and are separated by thousands of miles. Nevertheless, they share a metaphysical connection that neither of them can quite explain.

Tribeca Film Festival attendees will get to watch the full movie when it premieres this weekend, but the rest of the world can watch the opening scene right now. Watch the first In Your Eyes clip after the jump.

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Last year Joss Whedon made an unexpected announcement: in addition to making Marvel’s The Avengers, he had formed a company called Bellwether Pictures, intended as a ‘micro-studio’ that will create small indie films. The first Bellwether film is already shot; it is a Whedon-directed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

The next Bellwether announcement was for a movie called In Your Eyes, which Whedon wrote and Brin Hill will direct. The movie is “a metaphysical love story about two seemingly polar opposites who are deeply connected in ways neither could have ever imagined.”

Now the picture has its two ‘polar opposite’ leads, Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield) and Zoe Kazan (Bored to Death, Meek’s Cutoff). Read More »

Joss Whedon surprised us last week with the announcement that, in addition to making a little movie for Marvel Studios called The Avengers, he has already shot a film based on the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing. The formal announcement of that small film project went hand in hand with the debut of Whedon’s company Bellwether Pictures.

That company, created by Whedon and Kai Cole, is a micro-studio meant to create small indies for all media, “embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies.” Now Bellwether has announced its second film, In Your Eyes, which Whedon scripted and Brin Hill will direct. Read More »

Hailee Steinfeld, Dave Franco, and Deborah Ann Woll have been offered the leads in Rosaline, a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet that’s told from the perspective of the girl Romeo ditches to be with Juliet. Michael Sucsy is directing from a script by by (500) Days of Summer writers Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber, which in turn is an adaptation of Rebecca Serle‘s forthcoming debut novel When You Were Mine. The comedy will use modern-day dialogue in a 16th-century Verona setting.

Woll would play the title character, while Franco and Steinfeld could play Romeo and Juliet, respectively. If Steinfeld signs on it’ll be her second time playing the iconic character, as she’s also lined up to play Juliet for Carlo Carlei’s more straightforward adaptation. Much as I like Steinfeld, her casting here strikes me as a bit off since she’s eleven years younger than Woll and Franco — but maybe that’s part of the story? [Showblitz]

After the jump, Anne Hathaway becomes a producer, and Sawyer from Lost explores the world of competitive international breakdancing. Really.

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