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"It's Like Buffy, But Scary"
Exclusive: Whedon update on Goners

12 January 2006  |  Written by   

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Post Serenity, Joss Whedon is a very busy man. Not only is he currently up to his eyes in the screenplay for Wonder Woman, but he's sold his script for Goners along the way. The problem is, while everybody knows the story of the hotpant-sporting superheroine, no one seems to know owt about Whedon's other project.

"I'm keeping it all pretty close to my chest at the moment," Whedon told Empire. "I'm something of a blabbermouth. What I will say is that it ventures more into the horrific than I normally tend to. I love horror movies but I looked back on Buffy and I was like 'Oh, we forgot to make it scary.' It was occasionally scary but I got so wrapped up in the emotions and people and things that I missed the horror aspect. Goners comes back to that a little bit."

Plot-wise, all Whedon will divulge is that it's about a young woman, and involves heroics. Not a million miles from Buffy, Serenity or even Wonder Woman. So what's with the archetype appeal?

"You know, I don't really know. It's the kind of story I like to tell and I'm going to keep telling it until somebody tells me to stop. I'm not sure what aspect of its appeals to me, it's just something that's in me it's just something I identify with, something I idealise. It's Something that I don't see enough, that I find fascinating and uplifting. Anything that's uplifting and sexy I feel is a good thing."

Wonder Woman is tentatively scheduled for 2007, with Goners slated for later this year but as for which will actually hit our screens first, it's all down to the suits in Hollywood at this point. "I've sold one script and I'm working on the other at the moment. I don't know which will come first, it's really which studio is the most interested in making one of them."

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Wonder Whedon
So the guy has a thing for women who (if they wanted to) could kick his arse. Good for him. Man after my own heart which is good because it gives us Buffy like heroines to drool over. Bring on Wonder woman! Mind you though, no one can replace Buffy or ever will, she's just too special. More

Posted by The Jackle at 17:00 on 17 January 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Whedon Not Good For Other's IPs.
2"]on can't work with the intellectual properties of other people. Set him any sort of limit, like a pre-established universe for a character and an iron-clad canon, and he comes up with crap. No big loss however.] Have you ever seen ? More

Posted by Zatoichi at 17:18 on 16 January 2006 | Report This Post

"What I like is more of the same!!" you're not in bad hands with Joss 'Girls fight stuff' Whedon... Hey Joss...any ideas for a new film?... What? A girl fighting stuff...you rock, here is some cash! More

Posted by The Judge at 14:39 on 16 January 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Whedon latecomers
I don't think that Joss Whedon should really be called 'unoriginal' just because Goners will feature a female hero. If someone directed three films back to back all with male heroes,no-one would bat an eyelid. Whedon is a feminist writer, accusing him of being unoriginal because of that is like saying that Wes Craven shouldn't direct horror, or Paul WS Anderson shouldn't direct shit films. More

Posted by doubleshiny at 14:55 on 15 January 2006 | Report This Post

Buffy
What I like is more of the same!! A Big Screen Buffy Surprise Would be wonderful (BSBS) More

Posted by peterd at 11:03 on 14 January 2006 | Report This Post

Deeply Sorry for the double post - connection acting up
Also the purpose of my post was not to be condescending, but to enlighten. More

Posted by NemesisYojimbo at 01:52 on 14 January 2006 | Report This Post

Whedon latecomers
1st up: eirehead - you do know that WW stretches far beyong the lame TV show. I doubt that Whedon/Warner Bros. are going to be looking to the TV show for any reference. You do know that WW is a decades-old comic book character, not just a character created for the TV show. WW is DC's 3rd biggest character behind Supes and Bats. When they announce the Spiderman films were you like "Why are they making a film about this lame 70s TV show!"?. LOL. At the very least go wikipedia, read up. 2 More

Posted by NemesisYojimbo at 01:48 on 14 January 2006 | Report This Post

Whedon latecomers
1st up: eirehead - you do know that WW stretches far beyong the lame TV show. I doubt that Whedon/Warner Bros. are going to be looking to the TV show for any reference. You do know that WW is a decades-old comic book character, not just a character created for the TV show. WW is DC's 3rd biggest character behind Supes and Bats. When they announce the Spiderman films were you like "Why are they making a film about this lame 70s TV show!"?. LOL. At the very least go wikipedia, read up. 2 More

Posted by NemesisYojimbo at 01:48 on 14 January 2006 | Report This Post

"I don't understand why you'd want to do Wonder Woman, Joss, the TV show was so fantastically bad." - eirehead Although I agree, the TV series was horrific, think about Buffy the movie. It was just as bad and Joss made a great TV series out of it. Why not go the other way and take a bad TV series and make a great movie out of it? As for a Serenity 2, I don't think we will see one on the big screen since it did so poorly but I hope Sci-Fi or another network will pick up a made for T More

Posted by Kaine at 21:20 on 13 January 2006 | Report This Post

Wonder Why
Well, OK, so I'd rather have Serenity 2, or an Buffy film, but Joss has always delivered the goods - Dialogue-free episodes, musical horror...the man's a genius. So I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this one should seriously rock. Even if I can't for the life of me think why. More

Posted by Movie Mogul at 19:34 on 13 January 2006 | Report This Post

Wonder Woman? Yawn...
I don't understand why you'd want to do Wonder Woman, Joss, the TV show was so fantastically bad. More Firefly! More Serenity! That's the good stuff! More

Posted by eirehead at 17:09 on 13 January 2006 | Report This Post

Oh how they'll study Whedon in the future...
Whedon is charismatic in a trillion different ways... And he does it all by sticking to the "little girl that could" routine... I'm certainly not worried about Goners, I'm really looking forward to it. Joss has never disappointed me in the past, and I'm sure he won't now. And as for other projects "of the past" which we'd like him to do (Spike movie, Serenity comics, and anything else we can get him to tell us about the characters that are already close to our heart), he's More

Posted by bunnydee at 15:56 on 13 January 2006 | Report This Post

Serenity 2 or Firefly 2
Don't care for Buffy or Wonder who? And Goner what? Just want some shiney new episodes on Sci-Fi about the Serenity crew. I watch DVD sales too and everything in the top 10 is going to have a sequel of some kind made of it. I, like so many others, didn't know it existed until it hit Sci-Fi or Serenity was promoted. Have they learned nothing from Trek? If the fans want something we will get it. Long live Serenity and its crew for many episodes or sequels to come. More

Posted by mbever94 at 01:26 on 13 January 2006 | Report This Post

I want a Buffy movie and a new Firefly series - he needs to make some time for those please. More

Posted by ElFie at 22:08 on 12 January 2006 | Report This Post

yet more secrecy. what is up with hollywood and being under-the radar? cos they just saturate us with crap in the end anyway! (now there's some interesting imagery) More

Posted by billythehick at 21:08 on 12 January 2006 | Report This Post

*Tantrum*
Is it selfish that I just want Josh to drop everything else and get on with getting Firefly back on tele? I don't care if it is! I want it, I want it, I want it, and I want it right now. Now! Now! Now! More

Posted by F_raser at 20:33 on 12 January 2006 | Report This Post

Screw the Buffy crap. If he wants to play with horror, fine. Comic Books, too. WE WANT OUR FIREFLY BACK ON TV! Hear me Joss? Don't make me stop this car! More

Posted by tmancour at 18:14 on 12 January 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Wish he wasn't wasting time on Wonder Woman
I'm quite excited to see Goners, seeing as it's an original Joss Whedon story. Wonder Woman will be great I'm sure but I really want to see what he can come up with on his own. By the way, my mate runs the website for it, ersmovie.com More

Posted by doubleshiny at 17:56 on 12 January 2006 | Report This Post

Wish he wasn't wasting time on Wonder Woman
Forget about Wonder Woman (how uninspired a movie choice to do for someone so talented) and go straight to this goners project AFTER doing a BUFFY movie!!! More

Posted by discodave101 at 15:56 on 12 January 2006 | Report This Post

Whedon Not Good For Other's IPs.
Goners sounds like it could be interesting, if somewhat unoriginal. Whedon certainly has the potential to write good scripts. But Wonder Woman, although not something I'd get excited about anyway, will turn out to be pretty bad I think. Whedon can't work with the intellectual properties of other people. Set him any sort of limit, like a pre-established universe for a character and an iron-clad canon, and he comes up with crap. No big loss however. I hope he doesn't come back to TV for a while More

Posted by Cabal at 15:55 on 12 January 2006 | Report This Post

Any Whedon project is worth it
And to have two is even more so. Just a shame he probably won't go back to TV for a while. More

Posted by Wrath at 15:31 on 12 January 2006 | Report This Post


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