Joss Whedon Confirms He Will Direct The Avengers
07.23.10 by Ryan
In April, news that Joss Whedon was in "final negotiations" to direct The Avengers sent many fanboys into movie nirvana. Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau quickly doused the flames of excitement, claiming that Whedon wasn't confirmed yet. Even Marvel president Kevin Feige said that Whedon's hiring was "not official."
Still, signs were good that Whedon would direct. Joss's brother Zack Whedon revealed in June that Joss "tentatively agreed" to take the job, and Thor's Chris Hemsworth admitted that he had met with Marvel and Whedon to discuss The Avengers.
Now into July and with no official announcement coming from Marvel, THR reports that Whedon took it upon himself to confirm his hiring at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con.
It's not an official thing, I think because Marvel couldn't afford a press release. So can we make that an official thing? I'm directing The Avengers.
Apparently Whedon will also rewrite the movie, as was reported in April.
I am still writing an outline. I'm still in that stage. I will say the thing I love about it, the thing that made me excited to do it, is how counter-intuitive it is. These people shouldn't be in the same room — and that is the very definition of family.
In disappointing Whedon news, the writer-director admitted that he wasn't sure when his Cabin in the Woods was coming out. The movie, which Whedon wrote, has suffered several delays, including one that pushed the movie back a year so it could be converted to 3-D. With studio MGM facing severe financial trouble, Whedon says that Cabin's future is bleak.
They've put James Bond on hold, and I don't think we come before him.
Instead, Whedon can concentrate on The Avengers, which has reportedly been compatible so far. "They know what they want and that's a great experience," Whedon told MTV.