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Considering that Joss Whedon is hip deep in everything Marvel – from directing Avengers: Age of Ultron, to producing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., to consulting on the new Thor and Captain America movies – it should come as little surprise that the filmmaker is, perhaps, looking to make something a little more personal in the future. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Whedon talked about his creative yearnings and why it’s important for Hollywood, and imagination in general, to go back to the drawing board and tell new stories as opposed to remaking the same old, same old.

“There’s probably a dozen [properties I’ve always wanted to do]. It’s very important I don’t do that. It’s very important that we start creating new content again. We can only build on nostalgia so much before we have nothing left to build on. Before we’re rebooting Spider-Man—again. It’s dangerous to the culture, and it’s boring to me. I squeezed in between my Avengers movies a 400-year-old play. So I really need to create some new worlds.”

Yes please. What is arguably Whedon’s greatest work, and you can decide for yourself whether that’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Firefly, come straight from his own brain. So Whedon’s got a hankering to make his own stuff again, but what if someone were to offer him something tantalizing, like a movie about Boba Fett?

“I can’t say for sure, because that’s a tasty morsel. But right now my heart doesn’t go that way.”

But if there was one pre-established property that would entice Whedon’s creative instincts, it would be another 400-year-old play, an adaptation of the Bard’s tragic-classic Hamlet.

“That’s a giant endeavor, and I’m not planning any giant endeavors. I feel like some of the family stuff in [Hamlet] is even more twisted than we give it credit for. [My version] is no darker than any other vision, in certain respects. If everything works out according to plan, S.H.I.E.L.D. will be on when the movie is over and then I’ll already be too busy.”

I think so far as fans are concerned, a busy Whedon makes for some very happy fans.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Unless you’re finely tuned to the London theater scene, you’ve likely never heard the name Michael Lesslie. He’s a twentysomething wunderkind who’s taken the great stages of Britain by storm. His words have been performed by acting greats like Michael Sheen and Derek Jacobi, he penned a well-received stage version of the Kevin Spacey movie Swimming with Sharks when he was barely out of Oxford, and he wrote an actual prequel to Hamlet called Prince of Denmark.

So what does he do for an encore? Duh, he’ll write the screenplay for the adaptation of Assassin’s Creed.

Okay, so it’s not exactly a lateral move, but it is a compelling one, the film already has Michael Fassbender attached to star, but Lesslie’s addition to the team certainly classes things up even more. Lesslie himself is relatively new to the feature screenwriting field having penned only a couple of unproduced scripts, but he has had several short film scripts produced, including the BAFTA-nominated “Heavy Metal Drummer,” directed by Toby MacDonald and Luke Morris.

So how does this affect the status of actually seeing the Assassin’s Creed movie? Well, producers were aiming for a summer 2013 start date for production, but it’s highly dubious that it’s going to get started that quickly with a new screenwriter attached and still no director on staff. Still, with the recent release of the third Assassin’s Creed game, Ubisoft and the gang are going to want to get going on this at a speed slightly better than average.

More news as it develops.

Source: /Film

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Here we are once again on a Tuesday and like always, NerdBastards got you covered with the weekly DVD Tuesday. As always, we list out what was released and recommend if it’s either a BUY, RENT, or PASS. We also got the Old is New and a pretty good TV Show DVD section. No Anime Pick or LOL/WTF Release this week (Sorry Anime fans, not going to recommend the Haruhi season 2 set). So what are you waiting for? Check after the jump to see what came out and see if there is anything you want. (more…)