Rather than jump right into another blockbuster film, director and writer Joss Whedon quietly went to work on his small budget movie, Much Ado About Nothing. After screenings, Lionsgate picked up the distribution rights for the Shakespeare adaptation.

“I’m thrilled to be working with my cronies at Lionsgate again, and with The Roadside team — That they all embrace a Shakespearean romance with the same enthusiasm they had for Cabin in the Woods shows that they’re exactly the mad fools we want to be partying – I mean working – with.”

–Joss Whedon

Just how small budget is the movie? The film was shot in 12 days at Whedon’s house — very different than The Avengers with Disney’s and Marvel’s backing.

The fun part? Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg as Dogberry and Leonato.

Oh, and to throw it out there: the movie is filmed entirely in black and white.

I’m stoked. Joss Whedon’s projects are enjoyable — and a personal project of his gaining a distributor is something well-deserved.

[Deadline]