Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard move forward with their new horror movie Cabin in the Woods. Shooting will start in March. Whedon says this will be the horror movie to end all horror movie. Cabin in the Woods is a twisted unusual take on the “cabin in the woods” horror movie formula and is scheduled to be released 5 February 2010.
Normally I would not be that interested in a story like this but with Joss’ twist I’m curious to see what he would do. I would not be surprised to see him pull off a story told from the perspective of the monster who might be misunderstood or framed.
(via Sci-Fi Wire)
Animation Verses Prejudice
Fans would be willing to accept further adventures of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly in an animation style. The bigger question is would the general public accept further adventures in animation style? Would the studios have the patience to back and distribute further adventures in animation style?
Joss Whedon has already transitioned those settings and characters into a comic format. There is great acceptance and love for the continuation of the series in print comic form. This leaves a short step to move from print to animation.
The current success of animated shows both on TV and in the direct to DVD markets also support the plausibility of doing more animated shows. Clone Wars had a rocky start getting accepted though most of it was due to the new style they used in animation that took some getting used to. The Simpsons had a lucky start with "bartmania" that still gets large ratings decades latter. Both DC and Marvel’s direct to DVD animated movies prove both quality in animated projects and how they can cater to the adult market.
We face several problems that are hindering future projects.
General Public Prejudice
The general public in the American market has a prejudice against animated shows. When first approaching an animated show they presume it is for children not adults. Many don’t even bother to give those shows the time of day unless they are bringing their kids to watch it.
Though this public prejudice has decreased some in recent years it is still rampant. I could not count the number of adults that give subtle nonverbal clues of disdain when they find out I’m watching Clone Wars or Planet Hulk. Others still voice their prejudice by replying “I thought that was a show for kids?”
Many creators of animated projects have their demons to wrestle with too. First, before the project is even done they have to admit they won’t win any prizes for the work due to the prejudice in viewing it as less no matter how brilliant and deserving. Look at Avatar, the movie would have been better going full animation but instead it went with live action parts so that it could be a “movie with cool special effects”.
This prejudice holds back studios from giving a green light to an animated project that is not targeted toward the children / young adult markets. This forces many good projects to include in kidsey elements and to remove some of the better adult elements. Clone Wars season one is a great example of this problem. The show was so much less than it could have been. Once they got past the prejudice it got better in season two.
I Find Their Lack of Faith Most Disturbing
Because of the prejudice against animated projects they tend to take longer before picking up larger audience share.
Studios have been trending toward a less lenient policy when it comes to new projects. They have been quick to cancel projects that don’t show immediate success.
This is a recipe for failure by proclamation instead of giving the project time to get over the inherent hurdles.
A New Hope
I hope that the American public continues to learn from the Japanese, and Korean animated markets.
I hope that we continue to see the trend in the decline of prejudice against animated projects.
I would love to see the continuing adventures of Firefly and Buffy the vampire slayer in animated format.
I've always wanted a Faith The Vampire Slayer series and wrote up a series outline. Maybe one day I will hook up with some animators.
I hope John finds some animator to help him with his Faith the Vampire Slayer project and that they then check in with us for many more projects.
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Glee of Dreaming On With Joss Whedon
On May 18th the Joss Whedon episode of glee will premier.
Here are some ingredients to add to the mix for this episode:
- Joss Whedon’s direction
- Titled Dream On
- Neil Patrick Harris playing Mr. Schuester’s former high school nemesis who causes trouble for the Glee club.
I hope that he is playing April Rhodes’ ex-boyfriend from high school who ran away with her in hopes of becoming big on Broadway. This will allow Neil to play a more flamboyant character. This would also explain why April makes a return this season.
- Molly Shannon as wise-cracking Volleyball coach that loathes Sue Sylvester
- Rachel struggles with a life-long personal issue
- Artie’s dreams take him on an adventure
I can only imagine what to expect with a mix like this. Whatever it is I do expect it to be awesome!
What do you think will happen?
Joss Whedon Interview on Dollhouse
Joss Whedon answers questions from fans about Dollhouse. I find his coy replies hilarious and at times revealing.
You're known for projects where main characters grow and evolve with one another, which dramatically changes the dynamics of their relationships. How difficult will doing that be [when Echo, the main character on Dollhouse,] is different every week? — Michael As the series progresses, I think you'll see that there's a great deal more to Echo than who she is that week. And the evolution of the people around her is going to be equally important, and therefore equally twisted. In some ways, this premise allows for radical character shifts that usually require a few seasons and/or an alternate dimension. But it's all to a purpose — we don't just
randomly throw things out there. More I cannot say. Keep watching! That means you, all of America!
The evolution of echo has been fascinating. At times I find myself tapping my right shoulder and saying “shoulder to the wheel.” I love how Joss hints that all of those odd occurrences are toward a purpose and not just random things.
I'm enjoying your use of the phonetic alphabet as a naming system. Does that mean Echo was the fifth "doll?" Will there be an Omega? Or a child "doll?" Are there only 26 at a time? I have to admit I was surprised after seeing the previews to see male dolls. Will there be any duel assignments? Love interests? May I look forward to a musical episode? — "Freddie" Duel assignments, love interests, check. Omega, check. Child dolls, no check. A.I. covered that territory powerfully in a much safer venue. We couldn't and shouldn't go there. And I can't do a musical of EVERYTHING...
He doesn’t say no to a musical but I bet that won’t do one until season three… fingers crossed.
I’m glad he decided not to go down the road of child dolls I have to agree that it would be crossing a line. A.I. does cover that territory… good call Joss.
What is different about writing for the world in Dollhouse? What are some challenges or opportunities about writing in a more concrete version of reality [vs. the worlds depicted in Firefly, Buffy and Angel]? — Jenn Handorf This reality thing is a bitch. You gotta obey the laws of physics. I didn't take physics. I want my alternate realities! And more horses.
Actually, the human brain is the most surreal landscape I've ever walked through. Though this does try to be more grounded, in some ways this show has license to be crazier than anything I've done.
This may be our answer to whether this show is Science Fiction or Sci-Fi with Sci-Fi winning. Not a bad thing I find Science Fiction to be too restrictive for story telling with the exception of Idea as story type of story.
Adelle's mentioned that Echo is highly requested among Actives. Why is that? — Jennifer She's got that spark that no one else has. We call it the "She's Eliza Dushku, For god's Sake" factor.
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LOL, great answer wizard after someone peeks behind the curtain of a convention for getting the story told.
There's been a lot of comparison to the story of Echo being a sort of warped interpretation of the River Tam story, do you agree/disagree? — Vivienne It wasn't meant that way, but I do have my little obsessions...
Support of Eric's theory.
You mentioned in an earlier interview that Ms. Dushku hasn't really had a chance to do much comedy in her career, will you give her a chance to bust out her comedic chops in a coming episode??? — "Fionnlaech" Wait'll you see her with Patton Oswalt. So cute.
Eliza does comedy! I can’t wait to see. She did a great job with singing and she does pull off being a lead well… why not comedy.
Are you concerned about Fox canceling Dollhouse before it's really able to grow into your dream? If so, what differently are you doing this time around? — Ryan I'm doing what I did every year on Buffy — wrapping everything up with a pretty bow made of questions.
I must say it’s a decent solution for the getting cancelled dilemma. I can’t wait until Joss gets fed up and moves more Indy and online then with full control over his projects he can’t get cancelled.
What aspects of hidden human desire are you most looking forward to touching on in Dollhouse? — Douglas Perversion. Often more shameful than harmful. Why?
If you could hire an Active - what would you have it do? — Gulliver Something clean and decent and safe and legal.
Great question… if only we got a real answer, but then if we turn that question to ourselves. What would you have an Active do if you could hire one?
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Joss Whedon and Season 9 of Buffy Comic
"Oh, we definitely have a season nine in mind," Whedon said. "We're slogging our way through season eight. We've talked about doing more Serenity comics, and we've even talked to Dark Horse about potential for some Cabin [in the Woods] tie-ins."
What is this… the possibility of more Serenity comics too!
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(via Sci Fi Wire)
How to get a Dr. Horrible 2?
They have the way. Dr. Horrible was a smashing success financially thanks to fan support showing that the “master plan” works.
They have the desire to do another show. Neil Patrick Harris in a recent interview shared his views on doing another show.
"Oh, God, I wish I could say there was going to be a Dr. Horrible sequel, but I know there's so many people involved in the creation of it that have a lot of other stuff going on right now… …Mainly, Joss [is doing] Dollhouse, and he has another movie, Cabin in the Woods, that he's doing at the same time. So I don't know that anything would happen soon. But everyone has been super-enthusiastic about it, and I think that means that hopefully something will come."
“I was vague on the how… you have shown me the light.” Now we need to give them the will to do another Dr. Horrible Sing Along Blog.
What we need to do!
Here is the new “Master Plan”: we the fans need to continue to express our love of Dr. Horrible:
- Support the Moist Comic
- Get the DVD
- Most importantly cry out to Joss Whedon for more. At every opportunity, every conversation, and every signing let him know we want more and maybe, just maybe, we could get “…a brand new day”.