Since making a “clean break” from Marvel after Avengers: Age of Ultron “broke him a little bit,” Joss Whedon has been up to (much ado about) nothing, really. He called Jurassic World “sexist,” wisely quit the deafening echo-camber that is Twitter, and enlisted his famous friends, including Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore, to appear in his voter registration video. This, from a man who once had three shows on television at the same time. But Whedon seems to be enjoying his time off — when he’s not worrying about “f*cking insane” Donald Trump, that is — although the nerd icon isn’t completely free of obligation: he’s in the middle of a new screenplay, and “it’s as dark as anything I’ve ever written,” Whedon told Complex in a wide-ranging interview.
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 slash 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 United States]. 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. (Via)
When asked if he has plans to return to TV, Whedon replied, “Oh yeah! Oh yeah!” (Maybe a four-part miniseries about Yello?) He continued, “I really want to make this film, but I miss television. It’s like writing a novel — you get to keep digging into these characters, it’s a real drug.” There would be a massive bidding war between networks like FX and streaming services like Netflix and Hulu at the opportunity to acquire Whedon’s first series since Dollhouse (which probably would have been more successful on cable). But for now, Whedon’s busy working on his “dark” script. The Dance of Joy can wait.