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Joss Whedon

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Joss Whedon

American screenwriter, film and television producer, director, comic book author, composer, and actor add

Category: Literature

Born in 1964.

Countries: United States (77%), (9%), United Kingdom (7%)

Main connections: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twitter, Jane Espenson

Linked to: Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios, Wesleyan University, Mutant Enemy Productions




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Joss Whedon was born in 1964 add something


Whedon graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987 add something


X-Men (film) - The film rights went to 20th Century Fox in 1994 and various scripts and film treatments were commissioned from Andrew Kevin Walker, John Logan, Joss Whedon and Michael Chabon


Mutant Enemy Productions - "'Mutant Enemy Productions"' is the production company created in 1996 by Joss Whedon to produce "Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production tag, Mutant Enemy Productions with later co-executive producers being Jane Espenson, David Fury, David Greenwalt, Doug Petrie, Marti Noxon, and David Solomon


Alien: Resurrection - "'Alien: Resurrection"' is a 1997 American science fiction action horror film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and written by Joss Whedon


"Angel" debuted on The WB in September 1999 and ran for five seasons; during its first two seasons, "Angel" episodes were broadcast immediately following "Buffy" episodes add something


Marti Noxon - In 1999, upon the beginning of "Buffy" spin-off "Angel", Noxon was promoted by series creator Joss Whedon to supervising producer for its fourth season, which gave her increasing charge of producing "Buffy"


As of 2000 Andy Tennant was in talks to direct and rewrite add something


"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" went on to become a critical and cult hit receiving an Emmy award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series in 2000 add something


Iron Man (2008 film) - In June 2001, New Line entered talks with Joss Whedon, a fan of the character, to direct, and in December 2002, McCanlies had turned in a completed script


In 2002, Whedon created the Space Western television series "Firefly", which was broadcast on the Fox network add something


Western (genre) - As well, new elements were once again added to the Western formula, such as the Western-science fiction show "Firefly", created by Joss Whedon in 2002


Batman in film - Following a rejected "Batman" origin story reboot Joss Whedon pitched in December 2002, Warner Bros. hired Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer to script "Batman Begins"


Nathan Fillion - Fillion had a recurring role as Caleb in 2003 in the final five episodes of the final season of Joss Whedon's series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"


In early 2004 Whedon announced that it had been greenlit by Universal Studios, and the film was widely released in the United States on September 30, 2005 add something


Cyclops (comics) - In 2004, writer Joss Whedon wrote a variant of the series "Astonishing X-Men"


He made a brief appearance as an overbearing rental-car clerk in an episode of "Veronica Mars", "Rat Saw God", in 2005; Whedon is a vocal fan of "Veronica Mars" add something


He wrote and directed 2005's "Serenity", based on his television series "Firefly" add something


In 2005 he released a series of online shorts titled the R. Tam sessions, starring himself and Summer Glau, which served as a form of viral marketing for "Serenity" add something


David Krumholtz - In September 2005, he was seen in Joss Whedon's science fiction film "Serenity" as "Mr. Universe", a hacker and information broker


Logan O'Brien - In 2005, O'Brien completed filming his part in the Universal Studios feature film "Serenity", directed by Joss Whedon, which premiered worldwide September 30, 2005


Serenity won the 2006 Hugo award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form add something


The title, recreated specifically for Whedon, has been one of Marvel's best-selling comics as of 2006 and was nominated for several Eisner awards including Best Serialized Story, Best Continuing Series, Best New Series and Best Writer, winning the Best Continuing Series award in 2006 add something


FilmFocus - In January 2006 "FilmFocus" gave its first Film of The Year *award, for 2005, to Joss Whedon's science fiction film "Serenity "


He voiced himself in two episodes of Seth Green's television series "Robot Chicken" titled "Rabbits on a Roller Coaster" in 2007 and "Help Me" in 2008 add something


In late 2007, Eliza Dushku, with whom Whedon worked on "Buffy" and "Angel," met over lunch to discuss possible ideas for a series for her to star in and came up with an idea which excited both of them add something


"Ripper" was announced to be in development at the San Diego Comic-Con 2007 add something


The first issue was released on March 14, 2007 by Dark Horse Comics add something


Natalie Haynes - Haynes' contributed an essay to "Serenity Found", a book about Joss Whedon's television show "Firefly", edited by Jane Espenson, which was published in 2007 by BenBella Books


Buffy the Vampire Slayer - There was little heard about the series until 2007 when Joss Whedon confirmed that talks were almost completed for a 90 minute "Ripper" special on the BBC with both Head and the BBC completely on board


The development process was set to begin in 2008 and "Ripper" to be shown that summer but the pilot has not materialized yet due to characters rights add something


Whedon wrote "Astonishing X-Men" in Marvel Comics' popular line of comics about the X-Men but finished his 24 issue run in 2008 and handed over the writing reins to Warren Ellis add something


A trade paperback featuring a cover by Jo Chen was released in October 2008 add something


The show, "Dollhouse", was announced by Fox in November 2008 to begin airing on February 13, 2009 add something


Brad Meltzer - In 2008, it was announced that Meltzer would write an arc of Joss Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight" comic book for Dark Horse Comics


Olivia Williams - On TV, Williams portrayed British author Jane Austen in "Miss Austen Regrets" and was cast as Adelle DeWitt in Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse", which ran on Fox from 2009 to 2010


Dichen Lachman - On 26 March 2008, it was announced that Lachman would portray Sierra in the television series "Dollhouse", created by Joss Whedon


Whedon wrote a horror film titled "The Cabin in the Woods" with Drew Goddard, which finished production in 2009 add something


In February 2009, he stated that after his series "Dollhouse" was over, whether by cancellation or reaching its end, he planned on putting his efforts purely into on-line content like "Dr add something


In April 2009, the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University presented Whedon with the 2009 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement award in Cultural Humanism add something


Brett Claywell - He has appeared in numerous episodes of the 2009 Joss Whedon show "Dollhouse" on FOX, where he appeared along lead actress Eliza Dushku


Kevin Kilner - In 2009, he appeared on a few episodes of the Joss Whedon show "Dollhouse"


Summer Glau - On August 26, 2009, it was confirmed after much speculation that Glau would be joining the cast of Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" for at least two episodes in the early part of the show's second season


In April 2010, it was confirmed that Whedon would direct "The Avengers", a live-action adaptation of the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name add something


The Avengers (2012 film) - By April 2010, Joss Whedon was close to completing a deal to direct the film and to rework Penn's script, and was officially announced in July 2010


As of May 1, 2011, 45 cities were registered for CSTS 2011 in 6 countries and 24 U.S. states add something


On October 24, 2011, Bellwether Pictures confirmed they had completed principal photography on an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play "Much Ado About Nothing", which is directed and produced by Joss Whedon add something


Stephen Fry - On 22 February 2011, Fry was presented with the Lifetime Achievement *award in Cultural Humanism by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University, joining a list of previous honorees including novelist Salman Rushdie, screenwriter Joss Whedon, and Mythbusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman


It was given a theatrical release on April 13, 2012 and was distributed by Lionsgate add something


In July 2012, at the San Diego Comic-Con International, in response to one woman who noted the anti-corporate themes in many of his movies, and asked him to give his economic philosophy in 30 seconds or less, Whedon spoke out against both the socialism he was brought up listening to and capitalism as well, stating that "ultimately all these systems don't work" add something


In August 2012, Whedon signed a deal to develop an upcoming Marvel TV show for ABC add something


Drew Goddard - He directed the 2012 film "The Cabin in the Woods", which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon


Sean Maher - He played the villainous Don John in Joss Whedon's 2012 adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing"


Riki Lindhome - In 2012, Lindhome turned her hand to Shakespeare, appearing as a villain in Joss Whedon's adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing"


Amy Acker - In 2012, she starred as Beatrice in Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing"


Marvel Television - In July 2012, it was reported that Marvel had again entered into discussions with ABC to do a show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in August, ABC ordered a pilot for a show called "S.H.I.E.L.D.", to be written by Joss Whedon, Jed_Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, and directed by Joss Whedon


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - In August 2012, ABC ordered a pilot for a series called "S.H.I.E.L.D." to be written and directed by Joss Whedon, with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen writing


Clark Gregg - In late October 2012, Joss Whedon, Kevin_Feige and Gregg announced that he would be reprising his role as agent Phil Coulson in the "S.H.I.E.L.D." series' pilot


In May 2013, Whedon was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Wesleyan University add something


Phil Coulson - At the 2013 South by Southwest festival, Joss Whedon confirmed that Coulson will be brought back from the dead after his apparent demise in "The Avengers"


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - In January 2013, Joss Whedon deflected any direct influences from other series, such as the efforts of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in "The X-Files", and explained that while the show would involve people with powers and the spectacle of science-fiction storytelling, it would focus on "the peripheral people


In summer 2014, Whedon encountered artist Shawnee Kilgore on Kickstarter add something


The collaboration was repurposed into producing an EP that will include six tracks, to be released in late 2014 add something


In September 2014, "Empire" suggested the script was being made, with Liam Neeson attached to the project add something


Nicholas Brendon - On 2014, Brendon was part of a summit for writers of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comics, which included Joss Whedon, Jane_Espenson, Drew Greenberg, Andrew Chambliss and the then-incoming "Buffy" writer Christos Gage


In Your Eyes (2014 film) - "'In Your Eyes"' is a 2014 American paranormal romance film directed by Brin Hill and written by Joss Whedon, starring Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David, Nikki Reed, Steve Harris and Mark Feuerstein


News website Digital Spy released in 2015 an interview they had conducted with Whedon, during which he criticized the entertainment industry for its "genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny" add something


In April 2015, Whedon commented on Twitter in regards to a promotional clip for "Jurassic World", calling it "70's era sexist" add something


In early May 2015, Whedon deleted his Twitter account add something


Wil Wheaton - Wheaton announced in February, 2015, that he was chosen to provide voiceover talent for the upcoming strategy role-playing video game "Firefly Online", a game based on Joss Whedon's "Firefly" sci-fi franchise


In January 2016, Whedon announced that he will no longer work with Marvel add something


In March 2016, Whedon contributed a story for the 75th anniversary issue of "Captain America: Sam Wilson" with "Astonishing $X-Men (X-Men_(film))" collaborator John Cassaday add something


Whedon's divorce from Kai Cole, an architect, producer and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures, was finalized on July 1, 2016 add something


World War 2 - On October 20, 2016, Whedon revealed that he is currently writing a new project that is a historical fiction/horror film set during World War 2 add something


On November 14, 2016, after the election of Donald Trump, he joined a growing number of people calling for the elimination and/or assassination of President-Elect Trump, stating that Trump "CANNOT be allowed a term in office add something


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - In January 2016, Joss Whedon noted that this process "unfortunately just means the TV show gets, you know, leftovers


In 2017, Whedon received criticism for reportedly comparing Ivanka Trump to a dog add something


On January 13 2017, Whedon attacked Speaker Paul Ryan on Twitter, saying that "Violence solves nothing add something


On January 12, 2017, Nicole Kidman was asked about Donald Trump in an interview and stated: "He's now elected, and we as a country need to support whoever's the president, because that's what the country's based on" add something


On January 13, 2017, Whedon attacked Speaker Paul Ryan on Twitter, saying that "Violence solves nothing add something


On March 30, 2017, it was reported by Variety and other news sites that Whedon is nearing a deal to direct, write, and produce "Batgirl" set in the DC Extended Universe add something


In May 2017, Whedon took over directing duties for "Justice League" from Zack Snyder, directing re-shoots for the film and handling post-production in his place add something


In August 2017, Whedon's ex-wife, Kai Cole, published an essay on an industry trade site accusing Whedon of infidelity and of betraying his feminist ideals add something


He received a co-writing credit for his contributions to the film, which was released in November 2017 add something


Buffy the Vampire Slayer - In March, 2017 in honor of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" 20th-anniversary, Entertainment Weekly reunited Joss Whedon and the whole cast for their first joint interview and photo shoot in over a decade


Buffy the Vampire Slayer - In March 2017 in honor of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" 20th-anniversary, Entertainment Weekly reunited Joss Whedon and the whole cast for their first joint interview and photo shoot in over a decade


Justice League Part One - Snyder left the film on May 22, 2017, following the suicide of his daughter; Joss Whedon was brought on to finish reshoots and the post-production process


He withdrew from the project in February 2018, saying he didn't have a story for the movie add something


In April 2018 he tweeted that "Donald Trump is killing this country" an should "quietly die" add something


On July 13, 2018, HBO obtained the rights to "The Nevers", a "sci-fi epic about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world", on which Whedon will serve as writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner add something


Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film) - As of July 2018, Joss Whedon announced at San Diego Comic Con that he was working on a reboot of the series and that it might feature a slayer of color