Since The Avengers made enough money for Disney to fill an Olympic swimming pool with beluga caviar and sail across it in yachts made out of gold and mink fur, it probably shouldn’t be too surprising that they’re already planning on turning it into a TV show. So prepare yourselves for the best news ever, as ABC has ordered a pilot from Joss Whedon for a show called S.H.I.E.L.D., which will focus on Nick Fury’s law enforcement gang. Entertainment Weekly reports …
Joss Whedon might be coming back to TV. ABC has ordered a pilot from Marvel TV executive produced by Whedon titled S.H.I.E.L.D. The project is set in the same universe as Whedon’s Avengers film and follows the law enforcement group headed by Nick Fury. The pilot will be written by Whedon and his brother Jed, along with Maurissa Tancharoen. Deadline reports that Whedon also might direct the pilot too. In the Marvel universe, S.H.I.E.L.D stands for which stands for the Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate (or Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division). Production on the pilot is expected to begin ASAP.
Please oh please oh please tell me that they’ll be brining in Samuel L. Jackson to reprise the role, along with Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. Yeah, I don’t know why, but every time I saw her onscreen, I sort of started clapping like “Look! It’s Robin!” I’m easy like that, I know.
Joss Whedon set to write / direct ‘The Avengers 2’
The Avengers was an awesome movie, we all know that by now. And a huge part of that was the fact that it was written by Joss Whedon, a man who knows how to put a bunch of strong, witty characters in a room and have them convincingly work together even though they sometimes hate each other with a passion. Well, good news! He’s coming back to write and direct the sequel, and oh my money can’t fly out of my wallet fast enough. From HuffPo …
The Avengers 2 is happening with Joss Whedon. That’s the word from Disney, as the studio confirmed Whedon will both write and direct the upcoming Avengers sequel during a conference call for investors on Tuesday afternoon. In a twist, Whedon will also help Marvel and ABC develop a new television series that takes place within The Avengers universe. While this might have all seemed like a foregone conclusion — Marvel’s The Avengers has earned over $1.46 billion around the world, with many crediting Whedon’s mix of source-material reverence and sense of humor as part of the reason why — Whedon wasn’t sure if he would return for the sequel as late as Comic-Con in July.
Wait, how could he NOT? Did he see how much the last one made? BIZONKERS MONEY. For that kind of money, I would write, direct, and act out each individual part. I don’t think that’s actually possible, but for that kind of money, I would bend the rules of time and space. Oh! Finger puppets! That’s how I’d do it. With finger puppets. Problem solved!
'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog' is coming in October
A few years ago, during the infamous writer’s strike in Hollywood, Joss Whedon (this was back before The Avengers when you could pay Whedon in coupons) decided to gather a cast of his famous friends and make a funny little musical about superheroes and blogs and what have you. And you know what? It was really good. So good that now, The CW decided to turn it into an actual show which will be premiering in October. So get ready for more jokes about penises also being hammers, because Dr. Horrible is about to go all freeze-ray on your ass. Via Entertainment Weekly:
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog now has a premiere date to air on actual TV. Joss Whedon’s stand-alone production of online musical genius starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day will make its debut on The CW on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. That’s sandwiched right after the network’s Monday premieres of 90210 and Gossip Girl, and the Wednesday debuts of Arrow and Supernatural. (So, yeah, expect a lot of previews for Arrow during the good doctor’s commercial breaks.)
Since The Avengers made enough money for Joss Whedon to build a 30-story tall monument of himself tea-bagging Rupert Murdoch as fireworks spell out the phrase “How my nuts taste, biatch?!” in the sky (theoretically speaking anyway …) it only makes sense to make a sequel. I mean … seriously, did you see how much money the first one made? Can you imagine doing that again? THEN WHY WOULDN’T YOU? And Scarlett Johansson is already being offered an amount of money that would make even the most jaded account shoot cartoon dollar signs out of their eyes before running through a wall, leaving behind a human-shaped hole in the drywall. Via The Huffington Post:
Scarlett Johansson’s turn as Black Widow in The Avengers was so well-received that producers are willing to throw some serious cash her way for the sequel. According to The New York Post, she has been offered a record-breaking $20 million to reprise her role in the second film. That’s a cool $1 million more than Angelina Jolie earned for The Tourist, the ill-received 2010 film that actually ended up bringing in $278 million worldwide.
Admittedly, Black Widow wasn’t necessarily my favorite part of the movie, but she was still really good, and her fight scenes were kind of awesome. Hopefully, this won’t send the budget sky rocketing to insane heights, because I REALLY WANT THAT SEQUEL.
Because Hollywood knows full well that sticking the number two behind the title of a successful movie is an excellent way to MAKE ALL THE MONEY, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that The Avengers is getting a sequel, now that everyone has finally realized the undeniable genius of Joss Whedon and everything he does. Seriously, maybe it’s just me, but all of the best parts of the movie were just so characteristically Whedonesque, I actually turned to my boyfriend and squealed “Joss Whedon wrote that!” I’m a fanboy, sue me. Huffington Post reports:
It’s the type of story we have to write, but you saw this coming: Avengers is officially getting a sequel. Disney announced Tuesday afternoon that the second ensemble superhero film is already in development. It’s shockingly unsurprising news, for two main reasons: One, there’s a post-credits scene at the end of Marvel’s The Avengers that hints at a future film and, two, the first movie made the most money over an opening weekend in the history of motion pictures.
Still, it’s nice to see Disney take a break from counting their millions reacting to the positive fan reaction to the film and greenlighting a sequel. Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the news at the beginning of a conference call with reporters, describing the success of the first film as “a great illustration of why we like Marvel so much.”
As long as they don’t go The Hangover 2 route, wherein they basically just re-release the first movie, only set in a different location, I’ll be fine with this. The world needs more movies written by Joss, dammit, especially if those movies have a scene where (SPOILER ALERT) The Hulk stops the antagonist mid-monologue and proceeds to repeatedly slap him against the ground like a wet towel, because OH MY GOSH HOW AWESOME WAS THAT PART?! JOSS WHEEEEEEEEEEEEDON!
Well, we knew it was going to happen: Despite only turning out the second biggest midnight opening gross ever (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 beat it by a rather wide margin) The Avengers managed to walk off with the biggest opening week gross in history, earning over $200 Million bucks at the North American box office. Bow to Joss Whedon, your new king of everything! Via Huffington Post:
That’s what Captain America tells the Incredible Hulk to do in The Avengers, and that’s what the Marvel Comics superhero mash-up did at the box office, smashing the domestic revenue record with a $200.3 million debut. It’s by far the biggest opening ever, shooting past the previous record of $169.2 million for the debut of last year’s Harry Potter finale. The Avengers added $151.5 million overseas over the weekend to bring its total to $441.5 million since it began opening internationally a week earlier. That raised the film’s worldwide haul to $641.8 million in barely a week and a half, more than its Marvel superhero forerunners Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America took in during their entire runs.
Gotta love how they basically gloss right over The Hulk films. Still, was there ever any doubt that the combined draw of every major, successful Marvel comic book character would basically just suck all the nerd dollars out of America? That movie was basically the turducken of nerd wish fulfillment. Also, there was Black Widow doing that thing where she sort of splays one of her legs out whenever she lands, thus showing off her boobies and butt every time she fought. That probably brought in, what? $50 Million? Yeah, that sounds right.
Writer / director / producer Joss Whedon kind of has a raw deal when it comes to his movies: his latest film, The Cabin in the Woods, hinges on the fact that you can’t go into the movie knowing really anything about it, and his summer blockbuster, The Avengers, is ripe for nerd scrutiny. Unfortunately, obsessive internet nerds are already picking apart both his movies and spoiling them all over the place. But in an interview with the A.V. Club, Joss admits that he doesn’t mind the fascination with his movies, but that doesn’t mean you can tell me what Cabin is all about. I haven’t seen it yet you guys, shut up!
You know, “There’s only one thing worse than being talked about…” It comes from a place of love and interest, and if they don’t care, the only advantage is that occasionally you can sneak up from behind and really surprise them—which I feel like we had the opportunity to do with Buffy as a TV show. People didn’t see it coming. Now, people tend to see everything coming. But their interest is thrilling to me, in the case of The Avengers, because who’s a bigger geek than me about The Avengers? So I feel I can fulfill the fanboy fantasies and still make something for people who don’t have those. And I feel the same way about Cabin. For hardcore horror fans, this movie is sort of designed for them on a very visceral level. But I’ve heard from a lot of people, “I don’t watch horror, and I love this movie,” and that makes me feel great, because I like to be inclusive. I want everybody to be able to enjoy it whether or not they are checking information before they see it.
I’ll admit, there are moments I’ve looked for spoilers (I need to know what Willam from Drag Race did to be disqualified!), that being said, if you’re going to post spoilers on Facebook or Twitter or whatever the hell else people use these days, the least you could do is preface it with SPOILER ALERT! That being said, if the show is something like four-years-old and you’re bitching about spoilers, that’s on you buddy.