Last week Joss Whedon unveiled his black-and-white version of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing that he somehow shot without anybody noticing. An equally exciting part of that story was the news that Much Ado was just the first project from a new micro-studio called Bellwether. Created by Whedon and Kai Cole, Bellwether is dedicated to "the production of small, independent narratives for all media." With Whedon's involvement, fans would be keeping an eye out for future projects from Bellwether, but I don't think any of us expected "the future" to mean "the very next week." Deadline reports that Joss has already announced the next Bellwether film, a supernatural romance called In Your Eyes (with apologies to Peter Gabriel).

In Your Eyes will tell the story of two "polar opposites" who prove to be connected in strange, and no doubt romantic, ways. Whedon himself wrote the script, but directorial duties will fall to Brin Hill. Whedon's statement says that he wrote In Your Eyes a while ago but didn't have the apparatus to get it made without a studio involved. Now he has Bellwether Pictures to fill that gap, as well as a noted increase in "moxie." Here's what he had to say:
“When I wrote In Your Eyes, I didn’t have the wherewithal (or the moxie) to make it without an established production house ... I believe, as I did then, that it’s a pretty timeless romance, and now, with the creation of Bellwether Pictures (and Brin Hill’s elegant, passionate take on the piece), I have the opportunity to prove it. (I also have a 37% increase in moxie.)"

Between Much Ado and In Your Eyes we can begin to get a feel for what sort of pictures Bellwethers will be producing: small, intimate, unusual. The sort of stuff that might normally travel the festival or art-house circuit, but which will now get the attention that having Whedon's name attached will provide. And who knows, maybe they'll eventually broaden their mandate and lure Joss back to the small screen for a new show...

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