5. Toy Story (1995)
Just after finishing up the film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Whedon hooked a deal with Disney and a then-unknown studio called Pixar for their film about toys coming to life. Most of the characters were already developed, but as Whedon describes it, Rex the dinosaur was all him.
“I went up to Pixar…and stayed there for weeks and wrote for, I think, four months before it got greenlit, and completely overhauled the script. There was some very basic things in there that stayed in there. The characters were pretty much in place except for the dinosaur, which was mine. I took out a lot of extraneous stuff, including the neighbor giving the kid a bad haircut before he leaves.”
He had also written more of an ass-kicking T2 Sara Connor type of role for Barbie where she would help save Woody and Buzz, but problems with licensing from Mattel nixed the idea.
6. Twister (1996)
Like most of his other script doctoring projects, Whedon was brought in to help beef up the movie’s third act. Not as much made it into the final cut as with his earlier work in Speed, but there’s a good chance any joke that Bill Paxton delivers as well as everyone gathering around Aunt Meg’s dinner table can be credited to Whedon.
7. Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Okay, technically there is actually probably very little of Joss Whedon in Alien: Resurrection, but he did write five different endings for the film. It was just such a horrible experience working with the studio that he called it his own personal Vietnam and tried to block out having ever been associated with the movie. The four endings that didn’t happen were: a forest ending with the flying thresher machine, a futuristic junkyard, a maternity ward, and a barren desert.
8. The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Whedon told the A.V. Club that he took the writing gig on Quick and the Dead just to meet Sam Raimi. Raimi was so impressed with Whedon’s punch-ups that he expressed how he wished Whedon could have penned the script from the beginning. As told to IGN:
“In 1994, I was making The Quick and the Dead and having a script problem, and I came to the studio and said, ‘Can you find me a writer? I’ve shot this movie, and the end isn’t working.’ And ultimately, the movie didn’t quite work. But they suggested Joss Whedon, who was doing ‘Buffy,’ so I met Joss and he saw the movie, and he helped me solve this ending in one afternoon. I thought, ‘Damn, you’re a good writer. I wish I could have had you rewrite the whole movie and save this picture.’”
Whendon’s script for Wonder Woman has been hanging around since 2007, but there’s no telling if it will ever see the light of day. I can’t imagine Marvel is eager to let him start hanging out with the DC kids anytime soon.
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