Cult director Joss Whedon has 'done a Beyoncé' and released his latest creative offering online as a surprise.
The Avengers filmmaker sparked great excitement among fans when he made In Your Eyes available to rent for on video streaming service Vimeo for just $5 (£3) on Sunday.
The movie is the second from his “micro studio” Bellwether Pictures, following on from 2013’s indie adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
A supernatural romance, In Your Eyes stars Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David as lovers who believe they share a strange telepathic connection.
“It’s exciting for us because we get to explore yet another new form of distribution and we get $5,” said Whedon, despite The Avengers raking in a massive $1.5 billion (£892 million) at the box office in 2012.
Upcoming 2014 movie sequels
Upcoming 2014 movie sequels
1/4 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
This sequel to 2011 Planet of the Apes reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes picks up on earlier plot threads ten years later. Genetically evolved apes led by Andy Serkis' Caesrar are threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. Both sides are on the brink of a war to determine who will emerge as the Earth's dominant species. Due in cinemas on 11 July.
2/4 Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
The follow-up to Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens with humanity attempting to recover from the events of the last film. Cue yet more epic battles and dramatic adventures. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Pelta and Brenton Thwaites, Age of Extinction is released on 27 June.
3/4 The Expendables 3
Coming on 15 August is the third part of Sylvester Stallone's Expendables franchise. Barney Christmas, played by Jason Statham, will come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks whose mission is to end The Expendables team.
4/4 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
The fifth instalment of the spooky franchise written by horror screenwriters Andrew Deutschman and Jason Pagan is due to hit cinemas in October 2014. After being ominously 'marked', Andrew Jacobs' Jesse is haunted and pursued by supernatural forces while his loved ones try to rescue him from their ghoulish clutches.
Fans have already left reviews of In Your Eyes on the website, calling it “supremely sad, fabulous funny and terrifyingly tender” with a script that is “executed beautifully”.
The film’s unexpected release was announced by Whedon via video link at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. “It’s a very exciting night for us because it’s not just the premiere of the film, it’s the worldwide release date,” he said.
Whedon has built up a solid fanbase from his work on the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Toy Story and Speed. He has written and produced In your Eyes, which Brin Hill has directed.
Hill has described In Your Eyes as “about two people, classic Joss loner heroes, who are looking to break out of their limited circumstances and band together to find connection and meaning”.
Whedon’s next confirmed release will be 2015’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.