It’s been a while since we had a totally original Joss Whedon movie, but, judging from some of his comments in recent interviews, something new is on the horizon. Speaking to The Wrap yesterday at the HeForShe Media Summit in Los Angeles, Whedon revealed a few details about the script he’s working on now: “It is a story about a girl who goes through some unbelievable sh-t.”
Whedon estimates the script could be done as soon as the next few months, saying “it is an original screenplay that is very different from everything I’ve ever done except for that it’s exactly the same […] It’s the first time in my life I’m writing without a sort of studio audience rating—without a plan. I’m just writing about something I care about, so it’s a little terrifying and it’s taking a little longer. But I think it will be good!”
At the Tribeca Film Festival last month, Whedon had said that although he’s “very proud” of Avengers: Age of Ultron, “I was so beaten down by the process.” He explained at the time that some of this stress was caused by exhaustion from shooting back-to-back Avengers movies, but some of it was also the result of creative conflicts with Marvel. Still, when asked by The Wrap if “he’d be into directing a female-driven Avengers franchise,” Whedon said he’d consider working with Marvel again on a project like that: “Yeah, of course. Although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants.”
Whedon went on to say in regards to Captain Marvel, “Kevin Feige fought a mighty fight to get her on the schedule. So it’s a start. You could say that should be a middle, but it’s a start.”
True, it’s a start. But right now it feels so, so far away.
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