Joss Whedon Calls for Boycott of Mike Birbiglia's 'Sleepwalk with Me'
In case you missed it, comedian Mike Birbiglia and "This American Life" host Ira Glass are going to hit a few theaters in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York to promote their film Sleepwalk with Me, complete with some Q&A sessions. The film is coming to limited theaters on August 24th, and fan demand has increased the number of screens it will expand to by hitting Twitter with the hashtag #bringsleepwalk. Fans might be happy, but director Joss Whedon is not. Why? This means that his little film called The Avengers, now on under 500 screens, is in danger of getting taken down by Birbiglia's directorial debut. Whedon is so desperate that he's asking fans to request the film in theaters, and then boycott it. Watch!
Here's Joss Whedon's plea to request Sleepwalk with Me in theaters and then boycott it:
Thanks to "This American Life" for tossing up this video. It's great to see Whedon be such a good sport and having fun like this, especially after the much deserved blockbuster success and attention his stellar adaptation of The Avengers received earlier this summer. Having a director like this in the corporate system that Whedon hilariously defends feels like cinephiles have a spy fooling them into making the films we truly want. Whedon has his passion project Much Ado About Nothing hitting 2012 Toronto International Film Festival next month so stay tuned for more on that. Sleepwalk with Me starts hitting theaters August 24th.