In case you’ve been wondering lately whether or not love still exists, Joss Whedon has a yet another new movie in the works to prove that, hey, maybe it is. Sadly for fans of Buffy and Angel, or Buffy and Spike if you have a thing for bad boys and Billy Idol (or Buffy and Angel and Spike if you read a lot of fan fiction), Whedon’s brand newest script is about people who have an entirely different, probably non-immortal-demon type of love story. “Slayer” ‘shippers will just have to keep reading the comic books for the ongoing tales of those specific lovelorn characters. Though, Deadline does pile on, calling the romantic drama In Your Eyes, to be directed by relative newcomer Brin Hill, a “supernatural romance.” So, maybe there’s yet a small hope for some cinematic vampirism.
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.