Did you know that 'The Avengers' director Joss Whedon helmed his own take on the Shakespeare play 'Much Ado About Nothing' while also working on the biggest film of the year? He did, and the finished film recently screened at Toronto's International Film Festival, where Lionsgate picked it up for release. 


Shortly after its premiere at this year's TIFF, Lionsgate got their hands on the North American distribution rights to the movie, and the film will be handled by Lionsgate along with Roadside Attractions, reports Variety. Their purchase doesn't come off as much of a surprise now that Whedon is a superstar director; if Lionsgate didn't buy it somebody else would've.

At the same time this isn't the first buy that Lionsgate has made at Toronto so far. They've gotten their hands on other films such as 'Thanks For Sharing,' 'Imogene' and the documentary 'Stories We Tell.' Lionsgate also handled Whedon's 'The Cabin in the Woods,' which was finally released in April after sitting in financial limbo for three years, so likely the studio is trying to stay in good with the hitmaker.

Whedon's rendition of the romantic comedy has a marvelous cast that includes Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Alexis Denisof, and Reed Diamond. Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' will be hitting theaters in 2013, likely in the spring months.

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