The last panel I went to on Saturday was for Joss Whedon. In case you don't know who he is (What?), he's the brainchild of gems like BUFFY, FIREFLY/SERENITY, and TOY STORY, among other works. He is a writing god, total genius, and all around cool guy.
I have to say that Whedon seemed a bit exhausted, or maybe just bummed out. My guess is that the whole WONDER WOMAN thing has taken its toll on him. (He wrote the script, “they” didn’t like it, and “they” are going with another vision, although I’m not sure why anyone would ever decline to work with a Joss Whedon story….) He didn’t even want to talk about it.
However, he has many things on his plate, and we’re going to be the lucky feasters. Here’s what the man himself had to impart:
* Right now, if you go to www.myspace.com/darkhorsepresents you’ll see a Whedon original, SUGARSHOCK. I have yet to check it out, but it’s on my list of things I must do.
* In late winter, get ready for the launch of the SERENITY comic. I think this will be about the further adventures of the crew, in the spirit of BUFFY: SEASON 8. (BTW, here’s a spoiler if you’re reading the series—Oz is on his way back!)
* Whedon is presently rewriting GONERS. He joked about how he turned in a draft and received all these notes about why the script wasn’t working. “And they were right,” Whedon groaned.
* He’s already written a movie with Drew Goddard called CABIN IN THE WOODS. According to Whedon, it’s “the horror film to end all horror films.” Yeeeeee! Whedon and Goddard haven’t gone to market with it yet though.
* He thinks sometime in the next year, he’ll finally get to film RIPPER (the “Giles project”). It looks to be a 90-minute piece for the BBC.
Basically, during the next few years, Whedon wants to do smaller projects like RIPPER—“quick but not shoddy”—because he’s “sick and tired of not entertaining [you] enough.”
Heck, I’d wait a decade for a Whedon project, but the sooner he can get something out there again, the better. The man isn’t just a brilliant trendsetter, but he’s a master of story and character arc. He knows just how to hit an emotional beat and have it pay off.
So here’s to Joss Whedon—long may he entertain.