Sunday, 1 April 2012

[543] Joss Whedon Interview

Joss. Whedon. My latest interview for Den of Geek. Yep, that guy. We talked about a bunch of things, and it was a heck of a lot of fun.

So, now I've interviewed Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman. Basically, I now need to interview Anne Rice and my 14 year old self will be forever content.

2012 is a big year for Joss Whedon. After years of his creative output being scuppered by studio interference, or cancelled mid-flow, the Buffy, Angel and Firefly creator has his name attached to two upcoming major releases. And, in fact, they’re both out in the UK this month.

In a couple of weeks, we’ll see his super-powered ensemble blockbuster The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble), but first comes the long-delayed horror-comedy film The Cabin In The Woods. Originally written and shot in 2009, with Whedon producing and co-writing with director Drew Goddard, The Cabin In The Woods has had its fair share of production mishaps, including a botched attempt at 3D post-conversion, and an indefinite shelving when film studio MGM filed for bankruptcy in 2010.

Now, it is finally hitting our screens, and, even better, we had the chance to talk with Whedon about horror movies, production woes and Much Ado About Nothing, his micro-budget Shakespearean side-project, which might also see cinematic release this year.

It would be unsporting to give too much away about The Cabin In The Woods, but it’s probably safe to say that it messes about with the conventions of the horror genre. What was the writing process like? It’s a very fun film, was it fun to take the genre apart in the way that you do?

The writing process was ridiculously fun. Drew and I got a bungalow in a hotel in Santa Monica. He had the upstairs, I had the downstairs. We already had ten pages and our outline, and we’d already broken it into three acts. Then we’d wake up in the morning, we’d take an act, go through it very specifically, divvy it up, and we both had to do a minimum of 15 pages a day in order to create a screenplay. And we did not talk about anything else. You get in a writers room, and there’s just a huge amount of anecdotes and dirty jokes and off-topic stuff.

Drew and I literally didn’t speak about anything except the film, and wrote all day. And I’d run upstairs and say, “What about this or that!” and he’s come downstairs and say, “How does this connect with this?” So it was the fastest and most enjoyable thing. We did it in three days. And obviously there’d been a lot of prep, and a lot of polish after, but basically the bulk of the thing just came from our brains.

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