Earlier this year Lionsgate did something great for Joss Whedon. After The Cabin in the Woods had been sitting on the shelf for months due to the MGM bankruptcy, Lionsgate came in, made a distribution deal, and got the movie into theaters this past March (and the film continues to stand as number one on my Best of 2012 list). Now the studio and the filmmaker are teaming up once again, as the company has once agreed to distribute one of Whedon's movies.

Following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Much Ado About Nothing has been picked up by Lionsgate, according to THR, and the company will distribute the movie in cooperation with Roadside Attractions. The film is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's play, which tells the story of two pairs of lovers. Whedon both wrote and directed the movie, actually shooting all of it at his own house. The cast includes many Whedon regulars including Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Tom Lenk, and Riki Lindhome. Whedon shot the feature entirely in black and white, and, for the first time in his career, wrote the musical score.

The film is the third that Lionsgate has picked up since the start of the Toronto International Film Festival (the other two being Kristen Wiig's Imogene and Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow's Thanks For Sharing. Said Whedon in a statement about the acquisition, "I’m thrilled to be working with my cronies at Lionsgate again, and with The Roadside team. That they all embrace a Shakespearean romance with the same enthusiasm they had for Cabin in the Woods shows that they’re exactly the mad fools we want to be partying -- I mean working -- with."

The article doesn't mention when they plan on releasing Much Ado About Nothing in theaters, but I personally look forward to the commercials that say, "From the director of The Avengers comes this black-and-white, indie movie based on a Shakespeare play."

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