Joss Whedon may be on a break from Marvel movies and comic book-branded TV shows, but Hollywood’s hottest director is definitely working on a script. And TheWrap has learned its basic premise.
“It is a story about a girl who goes through some unbelievable sh-t,” Whedon told TheWrap during an interview Saturday at the inaugural HeForShe Media Summit in Los Angeles, where he was honored for his work on behalf of women’s rights. “And that much is all I can say.”
But he went on.
“It is an original screenplay that is very different from everything I’ve ever done except for that it’s exactly the same,” Whedon said, almost speaking in code.
Whedon said he hopes to finish the script in the next couple months “if I could just get a little more traction on that third-act issue.
“It’s the first time in my life I’m writing without a sort of studio audience rating — without a plan,” he added. “I’m just writing about something I care about, so it’s a little terrifying and it’s taking a little longer. But I think it will be good!”
Asked whether he’d be into directing a female-driven Avengers franchise, Whedon told TheWrap, “Yeah, of course. Although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants.”
He won’t be directing “Captain Marvel,” the first movie centered on a female superhero to come out of the comic-book brand’s cinematic universe — set to hit theaters in 2019. But, Whedon told us, he’s glad to see a woman leading a superhero movie in the MCU. (The role is yet to be cast.)
Whedon gave full credit to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige for even placing a Captain Marvel movie into development. “Kevin Feige fought a mighty fight to get her on the schedule. So it’s a start. You could say that should be a middle, but it’s a start,” said Whedon, directing his comments at Hollywood as a whole and not Marvel specifically.