After the release of last year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, filmmaker Joss Whedon essentially parted ways with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The director made some now-infamous comments about how the production process "broke" him, while not delving into specifics. The filmmaker did tease on numerous occasions that he was going to start writing original material again, and direct a new independent movie. While there is still very little we know about this Untitled Joss Whedon Project, the director offered a few tidbits of information in a new interview.
The Wrap managed to catch up with the filmmaker at the HeForShe Media Summit in Los Angeles, where he was honored for his work in women's rights. The site asked him what he's working on now, with the filmmaker revealing a few details about an original screenplay he's currently writing. Here's what he had to say about this untitled project below.
"It is a story about a girl who goes through some unbelievable sh-t. And that much is all I can say. It is an original screenplay that is very different from everything I've ever done except for that it's exactly the same. It's the first time in my life I'm writing without a sort of studio audience rating - without a plan. I'm just writing about something I care about, so it's a little terrifying and it's taking a little longer. But I think it will be good!"
He added that he plans to finish the script within the next few months, if he can, "just get a little more traction on that third-act issue." In between 2012's The Avengers and last year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the filmmaker wrote and directed the 2013 indie Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing, while also writing the script for 2014's In Your Eyes, which was directed by Brin Hill. While the director may not make another Marvel movie anytime soon, he still will be involved on the Marvel comics side and is writing a new story for Captain America.
The filmmaker teamed up with comic artist John Cassaday for an eight-page story that appeared in Captain America: Sam Wilson #7, which debuted on March 30. The filmmaker has also said that he's open to returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to direct a female-centric movie, but he clarified during this interview that he won't be directing the studio's Captain Marvel, which is set for release on March 8, 2019. He added that he's more interested in stories with the same tone of Jessica Jones, while praising Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige for fighting to get a stand alone Captain Marvel movie. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more on Joss Whedon's next movie as soon as more details surface.