Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Specialty Box Office: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Primes HBO Pump, Russell Crowe's 'Water Diviner' Is Spotty Specialty Box Office: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Primes HBO Pump, Russell Crowe's 'Water Diviner' Is Spotty Friday Box Office: 'Adaline' Bumps 'Furious' for a Day; 'Kurt Cobain' Big in 3 Theaters Friday Box Office: 'Adaline' Bumps 'Furious' for a Day; 'Kurt Cobain' Big in 3 Theaters Remembering Film Critic Richard Corliss (1944-2015) Remembering Film Critic Richard Corliss (1944-2015) Cannes: Denis Villeneuve Says Drug War Film 'Sicario' Is "Very Dark" and "Quite Violent" Cannes: Denis Villeneuve Says Drug War Film 'Sicario' Is "Very Dark" and "Quite Violent" How Do You Solve a Problem Like Erika? Universal Hires Husband to Write 'Fifty Shades Darker' How Do You Solve a Problem Like Erika? Universal Hires Husband to Write 'Fifty Shades Darker' 'Age of Ultron' Director Joss Whedon on Self-Doubt and Why It's His 'Rio Bravo' 'Age of Ultron' Director Joss Whedon on Self-Doubt and Why It's His 'Rio Bravo' Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Amy Schumer Hilariously Slam Hollywood Sexism (NSFW) Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Amy Schumer Hilariously Slam Hollywood Sexism (NSFW) CinemaCon: How Tom Cruise Stole the Paramount Show CinemaCon: How Tom Cruise Stole the Paramount Show Meet the Director of 'Tangerines,' the 2015 Dark Horse Oscar Nominee You Missed (Exclusive Video) Meet the Director of 'Tangerines,' the 2015 Dark Horse Oscar Nominee You Missed (Exclusive Video) LA Film Fest Unveils Horror Slate, More World Premieres, Zoe Cassavetes Film LA Film Fest Unveils Horror Slate, More World Premieres, Zoe Cassavetes Film Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Lines Up Vet Auteurs and American Indies Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Lines Up Vet Auteurs and American Indies Joe Wright's 'Pan' Gets Fall Release Date: Good News or Bad News? Joe Wright's 'Pan' Gets Fall Release Date: Good News or Bad News? Seeing Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' Through Composer Johnny Jewel's Eyes (STREAM SOUNDTRACK) Seeing Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' Through Composer Johnny Jewel's Eyes (STREAM SOUNDTRACK) 3 Women Genre Directors Get SF Film Society Fellowships 3 Women Genre Directors Get SF Film Society Fellowships Here's Why Jon Stewart Quit 'The Daily Show' Here's Why Jon Stewart Quit 'The Daily Show' Watch: From Tarantino to Cronenberg, Great Directors Talk the Art and Anxiety of Filmmaking Watch: From Tarantino to Cronenberg, Great Directors Talk the Art and Anxiety of Filmmaking Specialty Box Office: 'True Story' and 'Child 44' Flop as 'Ex Machina' Lures Audiences Specialty Box Office: 'True Story' and 'Child 44' Flop as 'Ex Machina' Lures Audiences 10 Films Booed at Cannes That Every Cinephile Should See 10 Films Booed at Cannes That Every Cinephile Should See 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lars von Trier, Who's Going Back to Work 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lars von Trier, Who's Going Back to Work 7 Things to Learn from 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner About Compelling Storytelling (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) 7 Things to Learn from 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner About Compelling Storytelling (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

TIFF: Lionsgate/Roadside Nab Fourth Hot Fest Title

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 11, 2012 at 9:49PM

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are jointly acquiring North American distribution rights to Joss Whedon’s quickie adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," which played well at the Toronto Film Festival. This is the latest buy from the two companies, which have been on a spree at this festival.
0
Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are jointly acquiring North American distribution rights to Joss Whedon’s quickie adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," which played well at the Toronto Film Festival. This is the latest buy from the two companies, which have been on a spree at this festival.

As he was in post-production on Marvel's "The Avengers," the year's biggest blockbuster, Whedon made a contemporary, black-and-white “Much Ado About Nothing” for the love of Shakespeare, which his English teacher mother read to him as a child in Manhattan. Producers Whedon and his wife Kai Cole shot the film in 12 days at their home in Los Angeles--in iambic pentameter--via their new indie microbudget studio, Bellwether Studios. (They are currently completing post-production on Whedon's romantic script “In Your Eyes," directed by Brin Hill.)

The cast is packed with Whedon faves: Amy Acker and Alexis Denis, who starred in Whedon’s “Angel” and participated in a reading of the play several years ago, play the scheming Beatrice and Benedick who prep for the wedding of Claudio and Hero. Also starring are Clark Gregg (“The Avengers”) and Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher (Whedon’s TV series “Firefly” and the movie “Serenity").

LIonsgate also released Whedon's "Cabin the Woods," reminds Whedon: “I’m thrilled to be working with my cronies at Lionsgate again, and with The Roadside team. That they all embrace a Shakespearean romance with the same enthusiasm they had for Cabin in the Woods shows that they’re exactly the mad fools we want to be partying – I mean working – with.”

Here's the synopsis:

Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof ) have just returned home to Messina after a successful campaign abroad. When earnest Claudio announces his adoration for the lovely Hero (Jillian Morgese), daughter of Messina's governor Leonato (Clark Gregg), the acid-tongued Benedick teases him mercilessly. Benedick's scorn for love is matched by that of his long-time nemesis and verbal sparring partner Beatrice (Amy Acker), Leonato's niece. As the lovestruck Claudio and Hero make plans to marry, Benedick and Beatrice resume the "merry war" of insults they have long waged. Yet there are many who believe that for all their antagonism — or even because of it — this pair of incessantly sniping cynics is surely meant to be a couple. As matchmaking schemes are put into play and disguises are donned, loathing and love soon prove to be close cousins.

This is Lionsgate/Roadside's fourth pick-up of the festival. They also partnered to acquire U.S. rights to Stuart Blumberg’s directorial debut, the sex-addiction comedy “Thanks for Sharing," starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins and singer Pink, for probable release in 2013. (They acquired the film for just over $2 million.) The companies also closed a deal on the Kristen Wiig comedy “Imogene." On its own out of Telluride, Roadside bought rights to Sarah Polley’s family secrets documentary “Stories We Tell.”

Roadside, which shepherded Oscar contenders "Winter's Bone," "Margin Call" and "Albert Nobbs," will release in 2012 Sundance films “Arbitrage” and “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare," as well as Cannes acquisition "Mud." Most of these new buys will come out in 2013. 

Among other Toronto buys, Focus Features landed hot title "A Place Beyond the Pines," starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, which Weinstein Co. tried to nab. Cooper is having a good fest, as he also stars in the hit of Toronto, TWC's "Silver Linings Playbook." In another key pick-up at Toronto, IFC Films took Neil Jordan's stylish vampire film “Byzantium.”

Still in play are Brian De Palma's "Passion," the Somali pirates movie "A Hijacking," and Scott McGehee and David Siegel's Julianne Moore-starrer "What Maisie Knew."

This article is related to: Festivals, Festivals, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto


E-Mail Updates