Joss Whedon has got quite the week ahead of him. The world premiere of The Avengers is Wednesday, April 11th, and he also co-wrote and produced Drew Goddard's fantastic new horror film The Cabin in the Woods, which is out this Friday the 13th. (It's awesome - go see it!) The filmmaker recently took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to fans during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, and The Hollywood Reporter took the time to pull out some highlights of the conversation that we'll feature for you guys below. For the full session, click here.
The director spoke about his highly anticipated follow-up to Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog, offering up some details about when they plan on filming:
We're not shooting right now, we're still in the early stages of writing. But we hope to make a great deal of progress this summer. And you can expect the death of someone you love...
And as for Firefly, his cult classic sci-fi western, Whedon was less than hopeful about the possibility of bringing the series back to life - mainly because the stars of that show have moved on to other things:
Step 2: Cancel Castle. Step 3: Cancel Homeland. Step 4: Generally destroy everybody's careers. Step 5: Avoid Step 2.
He also seemed to be a little disappointed at being labeled "the guy who kills people," even though many of his main characters are killed off in his various TV shows and movies. He was asked who was the hardest to kill:
I actually find it refreshing... delightful.... vaguely arousing....
Actually, I'm, no offense, very tired of being labelled as "the guy who kills people". Shakespeare (he's this hot new writer) does it way more than me, and everyone's all excited about how he, as it were, holds a mirror up to nature, while I'm like the Jason Voorhees of the writing community. Unfair.
Also, probably Buffy's Mom.
Whedon has dipped into musical territory before, helming an episode of "Glee" that starred Neil Patrick Harris a few years ago. Would he ever consider doing a full-scale musical?:
Full scale musical? The biggest non-spaceship-involving dream of my life. But it's a huge life commitment...
He's also built a career on a unique screenwriting voice and crafting memorable characters with great dialogue. But who were his favorite to write?:
Favorite characters? Jeez. Spike, Andrew, Illyria, River, Captain Hammer, Loki, the Cheese Man... hell, I love them all, or I wouldn't write them. But I tend to the left of center.
The hardest was always Angel. How to make a decent, handsome, stalwart hero interesting -- tough. Angelus, on the other hand..
Were there any questions in the session that you would have liked answered? What's your favorite Joss Whedon property?