Joss Whedon's Magical Mystery Tour Continues Unabated With A "Timeless Romance"
In Your Eyes will wind up being the second film produced under Whedon's brand new Bellwether Pictures studio, co-founded with his wife, Kai Cole. In less than a month, Whedon and Cole have shot one feature and will likely begin shooting their second by the end of the year. The writer/director/micro-studio head gives all credit for such expedient forward momentum since wrapping on Marvel's The Avengers to his new company, and by unspoken extension, his wife, which nicely puts a charming awww subtext with Your Eyes. And considering what Whedon has said about his non-blockbuster projects, one can only hope this is the beginning of a new prolific film career for the TV stalwart. He wrote in a statement concerning the movie that seems to fall inside his paranormalist wheelhouse:
"When I wrote In Your Eyes, I didn't have the wherewithal (or the moxie) to make it without an established production house. I believe, as I did then, that it's a pretty timeless romance, and now, with the creation of Bellwether Pictures (and Brin Hill's elegant, passionate take on the piece), I have the opportunity to prove it. (I also have a 37% increase in moxie.) I love this team and I can't wait to see them bring In Your Eyes to life."
The note that creating your own mini movie studio gives you a +37 in CHA is a nice touch. As for Hill, the latest Bellwether film's director, he's much more untested, having made only one feature and a few shorts before getting his call to the almost-majors. But if the trailer for his first feature, Ball Don't Lie, is any indication, Hill certainly seems to have some moxie of his own to spare. Let's hope that passion translates at least half as well as I'm sure Whedon doing Shakespeare will with his Much Ado About Nothing. Here's that trailer for Ball Don't Lie, and no, it doesn't have nearly as much Love & Basketball as I expected, either:
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force and tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar. His favorite Whedon romantic line is, "I have come to redefine the words pain and suffering since I fell in love with you." Classic.