Whedon Talks His Next Project, “Star Wars” & More

Filmmaker Joss Whedon has been resting up since the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” over a year ago, and this week he’s been doing some press and discussed a variety of franchises and which ones he might come onboard for down the line.

First up for him though is a new horror meets historical fiction film set during the second World War. Speaking with Complex, he says:

“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 9th. It’s definitely a departure from the things that I’m known for. It’s as dark as anything I’ve ever written… 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.”

Whedon was also asked if he’d return to blockbuster filmmaking, and he revealed that he’s quite keen on doing so with the “A Star Wars Story” anthology films getting a strong mention:

“I mean, it’s a fun thing to do, to put yourself in the service of something if you think you can add an interpretation. It’s no different than any other storytelling. There are some times when you get micro-managed to death but with Marvel, they let me make two movies that were very much mine.

So do I want to make James Bond movie? Yeah. Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in. Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. I was like, ‘I don’t want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god dammit, why?’ But I saw the trailer for Rogue 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.”

In the same interview he also talks about the DC vs. Marvel divide, saying the DC films have “been more cinematic… their stuff looks amazing” while Marvel “has been more successful systematically” with the credit going to Kevin Feige for being a “really good storyteller”. He also raved about the “Wonder Woman” trailer, calling it “just wonderful”.