Joss Whedon’s upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron is sure to set the box office on fire when it hits theaters in 2015 but the film maker is already creating waves with his latest release. However, you don’t have to wait in line for a midnight showing to catch this one.
Whedon is bypassing the traditional theatrical release model and has released In Your Eyes, which he wrote and produced, online right now. That’s right, you can watch the film at this very moment for the low, low price of only $5. Cheaper than a movie theater and you don’t have to walk on sticky floors.
In Your Eyes, directed by Brin Hill, is a “timeless boy-meets-girl story, wrapped in a supernatural, Whedonesque world” and stars Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David, Nikki Reed, Mark Feuerstein and Jennifer Grey. It doesn’t have the big, blow-’em-up action that Avengers contains but Whedon describes it as a “metaphysical romance” and, hey, you can’t beat that.
The film sounds interesting enough but it’s really the distribution model that’s causing a stir. With The Avengers, Whedon is officially one of the biggest directors on the planet. The fact that he can bring in billions of dollars in grosses but still seeks new ways to release his movies is exciting and shows that VOD and home media releases don’t have to be reserved only for less well known creators. If other big names film makers take Whedon’s lead this could really change the theatrical landscape in a big – and good – way. I’m not saying we should do away with movie theaters but there is surely other way to view motion pictures. The world is changing and Joss Whedon recognizes that.
In Your Eyes premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival just last night and now it’s already sitting and waiting for you to pony up five bucks and watch. That’s pretty damn cool.
Below is Whedon’s message to the folks who saw the premiere last night. You can see the full movie, right now, at Inyoureyes.com