On Monday we saw photos from the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Joss Whedon’s new take on the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing. At the time, the film had not been picked up for theatrical distribution by a movie studio yet. Today we learn that it has … Lionsgate, the studio that bought Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods, emerged victorious and secured the distribution rights for the film. Altho a release date has not yet been announced, we can rest assured that Whedon’s Much Ado will be in movie theaters soon.
Lionsgate has acquired North American distribution rights to Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” following its premiere at the Toronto Film Fest. The deal closed on Tuesday night — marking the company’s fourth deal in two days. Lionsgate has emerged as the biggest buyer during the fest, with acquisitions Monday of Kristen Wiig comedy “Imogene” and Sarah Polley’s docu “Stories We Tell” and Tuesday of Stuart Blumberg’s directorial debut “Thanks for Sharing.” “Much Ado” will be a joint theatrical release by Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions. Whedon’s version of the Shakespeare comedy, with a contemporary spin, stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Clark Gregg and Reed Diamond. Kai Cole and Whedon produced “Much Ago” through Bellwether Pictures, with Daniel Kaminsky as co-producer. Kranz stars as Claudio and Denisof as Benedick. Lionsgate released “The Avengers” helmer’s “Cabin in the Woods” earlier this year. “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’ that they’re exactly the mad fools we want to be partying — I mean working — with,” said Whedon.
YES YES YES! This is great news because, as you may know, I have a vested interest in the theatrical release of Much Ado About Nothing. As I tend to remind y’all every chance I get, I am featured in the film in a cameo role so now that Much Ado will be released in theaters, y’all will get the chance to see me in action. Yes, perhaps a movie producer will also see me and be WOWED by my performance as Nameless Male Wedding Guest and will offer me a leading role in a movie of my own. Hey, it could happen … but only because Lionsgate wisely snapped up the distribution rights for this film. I am SO excited. Soon, y’all will be able to see the movie … soon.