Following his highly publicized and outspoken split with Marvel Studios after writing and directing last years Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon decided to take a short break from the film industry. Despite feeling hemmed in creatively by the studio, he has since walked back some of his comments and expressed interest in being involved in a Black Widow spin-off film if ever one is made. That said, he’s not waiting around for Marvel to come calling, and back in May he teased that he’s working on a new script about a “girl who gets in trouble.”
In a recent interview with Complex he elaborates a bit about the project and how it spun somewhat out of his recent foray into the political arena. After discussing his involvement with the SavetheDay campaign, and how it’s been an oddly freeing experience that has made him more optimistic about the world, he says:
“I’m in the middle of a screenplay that I am extremely passionate about, and I am going to be extremely passionate about it again on November 9. It’s definitely a departure from the things that I’m known for. It’s as dark as anything I’ve ever written.”
It seems strange that his darkest script seems to be born out of a new found feeling of optimism. While he continues to be an outspoken opponent to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, it seems his new script will be drawing some parallels between the Republican nominee and Hitler. He continues:
“Yeah, because I just said, “OK, id, your turn.” I would write scenes and be like, “Oh this is great! I shouldn’t be allowed near people.” It’s a historical fiction slash horror movie about a time when the world was going insane, World War II. I got to tell you: I was in Germany and Poland doing research for this movie and I was seeing so many parallels [to the U.S.]. And I know it’s a shopworn thing to compare the orange guy to the little guy with the mustache, but you see things, indelible things in terms of propaganda, the state of the country, and the parallels are eerie as f–k.”
Though Whedon has definitely played with some dark themes in some of his previous efforts, none sound quite as dark as this. World War II is a very dark a time in history to begin with, and to then add a fictitious horror angle to it will certainly up the ante. He hasn’t yet divulged the working title for his script, but it will no doubt be interesting to see how the project develops, after all, he’s a great storyteller. Hopefully some of the Whedon regulars will be a part of the project once it starts taking a more full form.
So what do you think about this? Does Joss Whedon’s newest project sound interesting to you? Who would you like to see be a part of his horror effort? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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