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Yesterday, news broke that TV genius (yeah, I said it) Joss Whedon was getting back into television. What?! Could it be true? The man who brought us Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly is in fact, working with Buffy-alum, Eliza Dushku on a new series called Dollhouse. Whedon told E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos that the idea for the show came to him while he was in the bathroom.
TVguide’s Ausiello broke the news yesterday but not to be outdone, Kristin Dos Santos got the goods on Dollhouse when talking with Whedon and Dushku about the new project.
In addition to getting chatty with Whedon and Dushku, Dos Santos posted Fox’s description of Dollhouse:
“Echo (Eliza Dushku) [is] a young woman who is literally everybody's fantasy. She is one of a group of men and women who can be imprinted with personality packages, including memories, skills, language—even muscle memory—for different assignments. The assignments can be romantic, adventurous, outlandish, uplifting, sexual and/or very illegal. When not imprinted with a personality package, Echo and the others are basically mind-wiped, living like children in a futuristic dorm/lab dubbed the Dollhouse, with no memory of their assignments—or of much else. The show revolves around the childlike Echo's burgeoning self-awareness, and her desire to know who she was before, a desire that begins to seep into her various imprinted personalities and puts her in danger both in the field and in the closely monitored confines of the Dollhouse.”
For some reason, two things come to mind when reading the above description: Alias and The Island. Anyone else with me there?
Whedon told E! Online that he came up with the idea over lunch with Dushku. The two were going over her recent deal with Fox, when Whedon took a quick trip to the men’s room and returned with the concept of Dollhouse. Since their lunch, Fox has agreed not only to have Whedon do a pilot, but they’ve already ordered seven scripts. Obviously, if the writers strike were to happen, this would put a delay in the pre-production of the series but the deal has been made.
Joss elaborated a bit on Fox’s description of the series, saying “The idea is those with the money or connections can access this secret highly illegal facility where they can basically fulfill their greatest fantasies. Most people assume that means sex—and on an occasion it does, because that is a lot of people's fantasies—but it's basically scenarios. They can basically reenact scenarios of romance, adventure or anything perfectly, because they become the person that you want them to be—they become that person. They don't act like that person, they are not a robot pretending, they become that person, and then they forget all about it. The problem is the character of Echo, Eliza Dushku's character, stops forgetting. She doesn't completely remember, but she does realize she is a person, and that she might have been a person before she did this, and she doesn't know what that is.”
So rich, powerful people can hire this place to loan them out one of their “dolls,” who will then help them live out their fantasies? This could have a lot of potential for Dushku’s role. Whedon seems to think so because he told E!, “Every now and then she will be called upon to kick ass because one of the many personalities she can get downloaded with is sort of a Femme Nikita—she can be the best of whatever she does, and that includes sweat work—and whatever she is hired for and she isn't harmed, and the company isn't exposed, they don't really care what it is.”
Dushku says she’s already training for the role. Now we just have to wait and see what happens with the writers strike. Whedon expressed support for what the WGA is doing but says if the strike doesn’t happen, they should be able to start filming Dollhouse as early as February.
To read Kristin Dos Santos’ full interview with Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku, CLICK HERE.