Joss Whedon, best known for his television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Marvel’s Avengers, has just released his newest movie, In Your Eyes, and in doing so treads new ground in an eager market.
With the economy still struggling to get back on its feet, Whedon believes that going direct to download is the best bet, perhaps citing the increasing revenue of online streaming corporations such as Netflix and Hulu. In a taped release done after the premiere which launched Sunday night at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Joss was more than happy to tell the world the news.
“It’s a very exciting night for us because it’s not just the premiere of the film. It is the worldwide release date because as of now, In Your Eyes is available on any Internet-capable device at InYourEyesMovie.com for the starting price of $5,” Whedon explained. “This is exciting for us because it means we get to explore another new form of distribution and we get $5.”
“It’s about two people, classic Joss loner heroes,” revealed director Brin Hill to USA Today, “who are looking to break out of their limited circumstances and band together – a la The Avengers and anything else he’s done — and find connection and meaning.”
Hill went on to tell the Los Angeles Times that, while Whedon was not on set for the filming, the notes and guidance he gave during scripting was more than enough to keep everything moving well. Joss did give Hill a bit of old-school advice though, saying he should not be precious and to “make the movie as audience friendly as possible.”
Whedon released the film under the independent label Bellwether Pictures that he started with his wife, Kai Cole, that the two specifically designed for low-budget films off big studio lots. This won’t keep Joss off the blockbuster list, however, as he begins to work his magic on the latest Avengers installment, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, due out sometime in 2015. Whedon’s Ultron brings in a new character named ‘The Vision’, to be played by Paul Bettany, best known for his character Max Waters in Transcendance where he co-starred with Johnny Depp.
“Everything’s a double-edged sword, because I was playing Jarvis for years,” Bettany said. “My job was I would turn up at a recording studio for 45 minutes, do all my stuff, they would give me a huge bag of cash and then I’d go home.”
“Now, it turns out they’ve found me out and they want me to actually, you know, do something!” he added.
Check out Joss Whedon’s In Your Eyes trailer below:
— TribecaFilm Festival (@TribecaFilmFest) April 21, 2014