The sanctity and survival of geekdom and nerdville is solidified for at least another 18 to 24 months. Joss Whedon has signed on to write and direct a sequel to what has become the bible of fandom, the sequel to “Avengers.”
It’s not a huge shocker considering the freshman run grossed upwards of 1.49 billion dollars, $616 million of which was domestic. Wow, my mouth tingles just saying those numbers. Ahem. Now the real question: Is Joss really going to feel the pressure this time? I can’t imagine how much money and creative control that Disney/Marvel had to throw at him to make him happy. Joss implementing the Eastwood method of eight hour days would be a good start.
The next Joss fare coming down the pipeline will be the Whedonverse packed, “Much Ado About Nothing,” a take-off from the Shakespeare play. Insiders say that Joss went into production the week after wrapping Avengers without even pulling permits. Much Ado stars Whedon alums, Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, Frans Kranz, and Tom Lenk, and set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 2012.
Joss is also returning to television by developing a Marvel-themed series for ABC.
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