Whedonites (a.k.a. Joss Whedon fans) have good reason to be happy right now. There are several Whedon projects due to hit theaters sometime over the next year, including: the Whedon-directed Avengers and Much Ado About Nothing movies, the Whedon-scripted Cabin in the Woods – and now, another Whedon-writing project, In Your Eyes.
Little-known indie helmer Brin Hill will direct In Your Eyes, which Whedon wrote and will produce through his newly-launched Bellwether Pictures. Night & Day Pictures’ Michael Roiff (Waitress) and David Rothenberg will co-produce the feature.
Whedon has little additional concrete information to offer, on the project – though he has provided the following statement (complete with some of his trademark wise-cracking humor):
“When I wrote ‘In Your Eyes’, I didn’t have the wherewithal (or the moxie) to make it without an established production house. I believe, as I did then, that it’s a pretty timeless romance, and now, with the creation of Bellwether Pictures (and Brin Hill’s elegant, passionate take on the piece), I have the opportunity to prove it. (I also have a 37% increase in moxie.) I love this team and I can’t wait to see them bring ‘In Your Eyes’ to life.”
While supernatural and/or fantasy romance titles that involve traditional horror monsters – specifically, vampires (see. Twilight, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, etc.) – have become especially popular over the last decade, the genre encompasses a much wider range of material than that. Case in point: recent films ranging from studio efforts like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (see the above image) and The Time Traveler’s Wife to “indie” fare like The Fountain and Wristcutters: A Love Story all, by technical definition, fall into that category.
That’s all to say: In Your Eyes might simply involve two regular humans who form an intimate connection via fantastical means. All the same: it would be cool if this film turns out to be Whedon’s take on the ever-popular sub-genre of stories about mortal humans falling in love with supernatural creatures.
Principal photography on In Your Eyes is tentatively scheduled to get underway by February 2012. In the meantime, we will keep you posted on any other interesting developments in this story.