You’d think if you’d just directed the third highest box office film of all time you’d be right in line to direct its sequel once the dump truck full of money drove up to your house, but not Joss Whedon. That guy cares about things like quality, his own sanity and his ability to deliver the goods. What a chump.
Speaking with Co.Create, Whedon explained that the business side of it wasn’t in the way that much, but that he wasn’t sure he had anything more to say with the characters. Then over some fish and chips in a pub in England (yes, he is the coolest guy ever) he sat down and filled a notebook with ideas. After that it was a simple call to his agent to get the deal done. You can read his full quote below.
So how much would you pay to read that notebook? I’m sure somewhere in there a Buffy cross over it mentioned that would pretty much destroy every Whedon fanboy ever.[Co.Create, via /Film]
There’s a business aspect to it and I would be disingenuous not to say that, but the question for me is, Do I have another story to tell about these people? So we worked on the business side of it and I didn’t think it was going to happen–I was like ‘I’m never going to do this again.’ But once they worked on the business aspect of it I thought that seems fair and cool, so, the question was, Do I have another thing to say? I was in London and I went to a pub and had some fish & chips & a pint and started writing in my notebook. I’m writing if I was going to do this what would I say & 40 minutes later I filled the notebook. So I text my agent & said to make the deal. I’m so in love with that universe & the characters & the way they were played & I have so much more I want to do with them. I know I can’t match the success of the first one but I can try to make a better film & that’s what I’m excited about, that’s the new room of fear I’m entering now.