Sure, 's resume might look like a movie-maker's wet dream, but there's at least one flop in his history of awesomeness which still troubles the poor man: Alien: Resurrection.
Whether you blame Whedon's script or 's directing, that movie was definitely not what we were expecting back in 1997. And, although Whedon may have retrieved his place in our hearts with The Avengers (and very likely The Avengers: Age Of Ultron as well), that sci-fi calamity continues to vex him.
In a recent interview with Total Film, he talks about his lingering feelings about Resurrection and his take on Prometheus:
Yes, I did see Pro-meaningless. In all seriousness, Alien: Resurrection was, I thought, the lowest I could ever feel. And then they cancelled Firefly. 'Yup, there you go. That's me feeling even lower.' Let me quote King Lear - 'The worst is not, so long as we can say, "This is the worst."
Casting is storytelling. I wrote two characters for Alien: Resurrection and their arc was that you would not know what way they were going to go. One of them turned out to be insane - and what do they do? They call . So there is no plot twist. Brad is a very good actor but he has been pigeonholed into these roles. Then they cast as a thug - and his character was also supposed to be a mystery. So there you go again - the mystery is gone. Those are just a couple of examples because there are thousands of them when it comes to Alien: Resurrection.
Yeah - you don't ever get over it. When you are making a movie you are making something that is going to last forever, especially now with the internet. So there is always going to be a shitty Alien movie out there. A shitty Alien movie with my name on it... I actually like the first Alien vs. Predator. I'm a fan.
The more Whedon speaks, the more I appreciate his frankness and his artistic sensibilities. The guy is so on the money with his dig at Resurrection. And I guess he hates Lindelhof as much as some of the rest of us.
What did you think Alien: Resurrection and, more importantly, has Whedon redeemed himself?