Titan Books has released a book on Much Ado About Nothing by Joss Whedon — available in the US & UK from today — featuring the full screenplay, unseen behind-the-scenes images & an exclusive interview with Joss Whedon himself. An extract from the book is available below, courtesy of /Film.
I shall be ordering a copy!
What was your first reaction to Shakespearean language?
I made my way through it. I remember reading the Henrys probably too early and just kind of trudging my way through and looking up everything [laughs], reading an extended footnote, because all the words were so new to me. And gradually becoming more conversant and gradually seeing a lot there that I enjoyed and a lot there that I wouldn’t until I saw it performed. It was definitely a bit of an effort at first. Then when I got to England and really got to see, not just great performances, but sort of offhand great performances, like, ‘Oh, we just do this. We just toss one of these off.’ And working with amazing teachers. That’s when it really unfolded.
EXT. LEONATO’S ESTATE, FRONT YARD – DAY
The three cars pull up. VERGES and two other watchmen position themselves by the last car.
DON PEDRO emerges from the first car, CLAUDIO and BENEDICK (now bearded) from the second. From the last, DON JOHN, his girlfriend CONRADE, and his protégé BORACHIO all emerge, their hands bound. Don Pedro sees this and frowns, indicates to the watchman to free them, which he does as Leonato and a few of his retinue emerge from the gate. Among them is a PHOTOGRAPHER, who is constantly about the estate, snapping candids.
Good Signior Leonato, you are come to meet your trouble: the fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.
LEONATO (hugs him)
Never came trouble to my house in the likeness of your grace…
They pose for the official photo, real warmth replaced with stately smiles, as the others approach, Benedick and Claudio in front.
…for trouble being gone, comfort should remain, but when you depart from me, sorrow abides and happiness takes his leave.
You embrace your charge too willingly. I think this is your daughter.
Hero is emerging from the gate, trying not to appear as though she’s seeking out Claudio.
ANGLE: CLAUDIO is stunned by her.
ANGLE: BORACHIO, darkly, stares at her also.