Joss Whedon's New Project Is a World War II Horror Movie
After directing Marvel's Phase 2 blockbuster Avenger: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon parted ways with Marvel. The filmmaker had stated in numerous interviews after the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron that the process of making that movie "broke" him, and that he wanted to get back to creating his own stories. Back in May, the beloved filmmaker teased that he's writing a new movie about a "girl who gets in trouble," although he wouldn't divulge anything further, but now we have even more details. This project will reportedly be a horror movie set during World War II, which will be darker than anything the filmmaker has done to this point.
Complex recently spoke with the director, who returned to the limelight earlier this year with an initiative known as Save the Day, where he reunited with Robert Downey Jr. and a slew of other celebrities in an effort to combat the momentum of Donald Trump. After the election, though, the filmmaker will turn back to his screenplay, which he says is a big departure from his work thus far. Here's what he had to say below.
"I'm in the middle of a screenplay that I am extremely passionate about, and I am going to be extremely passionate about it again on November 9. It's definitely a departure from the things that I'm known for. It's as dark as anything I've ever written."
The filmmaker wouldn't reveal the title of his screenplay, or how much he has written up to this point. It does seem that he plans on drawing some parallels between Donald Trump and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Here's what the filmmaker added about his new story, revealing that he went to Germany and Poland to conduct research on this untitled project. Here's what he had to say below.
"Yeah, because I just said, 'OK, id, your turn.' I would write scenes and be like, 'Oh this is great! I shouldn't be allowed near people.' It's a historical fiction slash horror movie about a time when the world was going insane, World War II. I got to tell you: I was in Germany and Poland doing research for this movie and I was seeing so many parallels [to the U.S.]. And I know it's a shopworn thing to compare the orange guy to the little guy with the mustache, but you see things, indelible things in terms of propaganda, the state of the country, and the parallels are eerie as f--k."
The filmmaker wouldn't offer any further details about this project, such as where he plans to shop it after the screenplay has been completed. After the success Joss Whedon has had in the superhero realm, it will be interesting to see if he can lure in that audience to a much different project like this untitled World War II horror movie. It will also be interesting to see if he will be able to bring back some of the actors he worked with in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or if he will search for new talent.