After helming Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon has revealed that one of his upcoming projects is a World War II horror film.
Whedon, who also directed 2012’s THE AVENGERS, had taken a break from moviemaking following a grueling filming experience on AGE OF ULTRON that included creative differences with the studio.
“It’s weird because the first one was very, very, very, hard,” Whedon told the L.A. Times’ Hero Complex last year. “This one was much harder. It a little bit broke me.”
But now he is finding new inspiration by pursuing original content. First teased during the Tribeca Film Festival in April, the project was simply described by Whedon as a tale of a girl in trouble.
“I’m in the middle of a screenplay that I am extremely passionate about … it’s definitely a departure from the things that I’m known for,” Whedon recently told Complex.com. “It’s as dark as anything I’ve ever written. It’s a historical fiction/horror movie about a time when the world was going insane, World War II.”
Whedon is no stranger to horror. In addition to “Buffy,” he created the spin-off vampire series “Angel,” scripted ALIEN: RESURRECTION and co-wrote THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.
Merging new terrors upon the horrifying events of World War II should prove to be fertile ground for Whedon, who excels at juggling action, drama, character development and chills, often with a touch of sharp, humorous dialogue.
Creating original content isn’t his only aspiration, however. He also expressed interest in taking on the Star Wars universe.
“Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah,” he said. “I was like: ‘I don’t want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god dammit, why?‘ But I saw the trailer for ‘ROGUE [ONE]’ awhile ago and I was like, ‘I want to do that.’ To make a Star Wars movie and not be wed to the bigger picture.”
And while film continues to be a focus for his work, he admits a return to television is an enticing possibility.
“I feel like they’ve perfected it,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Wait guys wait, wait for me!’ … I miss television. It’s like writing a novel — you get to keep digging into these characters. It’s a real drug.”
Whedon’s other works include “Firefly,” SERENITY, “Dollhouse,” “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”