World War II has often been the base for horror stories and now geek icon Joss Whedon (‘Firefly’,’Avengers: Age of Ultron’) is knee deep in a script that takes place during one of the most horrific periods of humanity’s past. Whedon hasn’t done much directly in horror aside from ‘The Cabin in the Woods‘ which was more of a play on the genre as well as a few one-off episodes of ‘Buffy’ and ‘Angel’ so it will be interesting to see what route he goes on this.
Ideally, it won’t end up anything like ‘Alien: Resurrection.’
In a recent interview, Whedon was asked what he is working on:
“I’m in the middle of a screenplay that I am extremely passionate about, and I am going to be extremely passionate about it again on November 9. It’s definitely a departure from the things that I’m known for. It’s as dark as anything I’ve ever written. 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/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 U.S.]. 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 f*ck.”
So, it sounds like politics will come into play in the film which isn’t all that surprising. From ‘Hellboy’ to ‘Wolfenstein’ the idea of Nazi Germany delving heavily into the occult is nothing new even though it doesn’t compare with the real-life atrocities that they committed. Still, it does set the stage for how things could go forward as if that government will likely be responsible for whatever Whedon is about to cinematically set loose upon the world.
Are you looking forward to Joss Whedon trying his hand at horror? Do you think that we’re in for a treat or is this not the genre for him? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Screen Rant
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