A Conversation with Joss Whedon
If ever Geekdom was in need of a ringleader, Joss Whedon would be a frontrunner for the position. Best known as the creator behind now iconic and cult series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly - his arsenal of other credits are what make him one of the top multi-dimensional talents today.
Other major highlights on his resume include co-writing and producing the long-awaited The Cabin in the Woods (SXSW 2012 Opening Night Film), comics such as Astonishing X-Men and The Runaways as well as the mega-popular Web Series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. This year will see him writing and directing the much anticipated film The Avengers, and his passion project, a Jossified version of Much Ado About Nothing. Writer, director and producer are just small pieces of the puzzle that make up the creative mind of Joss Whedon. Join Moderator Adam B. Vary, Senior Writer with Entertainment Weekly, in a discussion of Joss' career past, present and future.
Joss Whedon co-wrote and produced CABIN IN THE WOODS. Whedon is currently in post-production on THE AVENGERS, Marvel’s signature superhero ensemble, which he wrote and directed. He is one of Hollywood's top creators, scripting several hit films and creating one of television's most critically-acclaimed shows, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which won several awards including Emmys, Saturns, SFXs and a Hugo in its seventh and final season.
He earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay with Disney's box-office smash TOY STORY. His other feature film writing credits include TITAN A.E., BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, SPEED, AND ALIEN RESURRECTION. In fall 2005, Whedon made his feature directorial debut with SERENITY, based on his popular television series “Firefly.” Whedon’s popular musical internet series entitled "Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog" starring Neil Patrick Harris won numerous awards including an Emmy for “Outstanding Special Class Short-Format – Live Action Entertainment Program.”
He recently completed principal photography on the modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s "Much Ado about Nothing" through his Bellwether banner, and is in production on a new independent film, IN YOUR EYES, a sci-fi romance that he wrote. In addition to his television, internet and feature writing, Whedon created “Fray” for Dark Horse comics, wrote “Astonishing X-Men,” “Runaways” for Marvel and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” seasons 8 and 9 for Dark Horse Comics.