The micro-budget romance will star mostly talented unknowns.
Bellwether Productions is Joss Whedon’s personal micro-studio, which he founded with the intention of crafting small-budget film for general release. Essentially, these are projects major studios are unwilling to put their time and energy into, and films which minor studios don’t have the power to get wide distribution for.
The announcement of the studio coincided with the confirmation of Bellwether’s first film, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing which the director/producer and his cast filmed over a weekend on a shoestring budget.
Subsequently, we heard that Whedon’s second project under the Bellwether studio will be In Your Eyes, described by Joss as “a metaphysical love story about two seemingly polar opposites who are deeply connected in ways neither could have ever imagined.”
This week, Whedon and director Brin Hill began casting the inexpensive film. The male lead, an ex-con living in a trailer in New Mexico, will be played by Michael Stahl-David.
Zoe Kazan has been given the female lead, an awkward, married woman from Connecticut. These two will discover they have an undeniable and strange connection when the duo realizes they can somehow hear and see each other from across the country.
A few months ago Whedon said of the film, “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.”
No production or release dates have been announced yet for In Your Eyes.