Joss Whedon is known for character work and witty comedic banter that adds humor to the least likely places, which is why he was such a good fit for The Avengers movies before working for Marvel appeared to burned him out. Now with more creative freedom and time on his hands, the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer revealed what his next movie will be, and it's like nothing he's ever done before.
To be specific, Whedon will be making a horror movie set in the middle of World War II.
Whedon Goes To War
In an interview with Complex, Whedon revealed what he has been up to in the past few months. For quite some time, it seems that Whedon has been diligently doing his homework regarding the Second World War. Despite his next project being a work of horror fiction and an excuse to let his morbid creative indulgences go wild, he guaranteed that his upcoming project will tackle its setting as seriously as possible.
I’m in the middle of a screenplay that I am extremely passionate about, and I am going to be extremely passionate about it again on November 9. It’s definitely a departure from the things that I’m known for. It’s as dark as anything I’ve ever written. I just said, ‘OK, id, your turn.’ I would write scenes and be like, ‘Oh this is great! I shouldn’t be allowed near people.’ It’s a historical fiction/horror movie about a time when the world was going insane, World War II. I got to tell you, I was in Germany and Poland doing research for this movie and I was seeing so many parallels [to the U.S.].
The untitled World War II horror project is definitely a change of pace for Whedon, not only because of the strange genre combination but because his most famous horror works were comedic parodies and deconstructions. Examples include his self-aware script in The Cabin In The Woods and his famous TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer. To date, his most traditional horror script was Alien: Resurrection - an Alien movie ultimately better left forgotten. (Whedon has spoken about his dissatisfaction with that film on several occasions.)
In the current conversation, Whedon then went on a bit of a tangent, discussing how his upcoming work of historical fiction would reflect his opinions on current events. Without mentioning any names, Whedon made it clear that his horror movie will be tackling America's ongoing political tensions while adding parallels to the atmosphere that led to the last armed global conflict.
And I know it’s a shopworn thing to compare the orange guy to the little guy with the mustache, but you see things, indelible things in terms of propaganda, the state of the country, and the parallels are eerie as fuck.
Despite putting his characters in larger than life situations like fighting aliens or dealing with ancient demonic gods, Whedon is known for making his story's players as human as possible. Now that he's about to explore a darker side of humanity in his next work, audiences may get to see a more serious and visceral side of Whedon that they're not used to.
Whedon And The Future
Though Whedon's upcoming World War 2 horror movie is currently in the works, it seems that he wants to get as much work as possible. Recently, he mentioned how he would love to work on a James Bond sequel, a Star Wars spin-off in the vein of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and a Catwoman picture if Anne Hathaway reprised her role from The Dark Knight Rises. A few years after leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe behind him, Whedon proclaimed that DC's movies were more cinematic than Marvel's output, raising peoples' speculations that Whedon really wants to work on a future DC project.
He may not be working on the next big superhero movie or that much-desired Firefly sequel, but Whedon's refreshingly original wartime horror movie is something to keep an eye out for. Whedon is known for redefining genre conventions with his signature dark humor, and seeing him venture into uncharted territory will definitely result in something weird yet exciting.
Hopefully, Whedon's World War II horror will do more than just feature Nazi zombies and human experiments gone wrong, as most recent World War II horror movies like Dead Snow or Frankenstein's Army are wont to do.