11 replies on ““Firefly” movie officially greenlight”

  1. mbourgon says:

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    I’ll get the spam so you don’t have to.

    One interesting part is the “more epic”, since I thought Joss didn’t want it to be epic, but was forced to by Fox…

    Universal Pictures has greenlit “Serenity,” the feature film based on Joss Whedon’s Fox TV series “Firefly,” which was canceled in late 2002 after just 11 episodes.

    Deals are in place for Whedon to direct and for the original cast of the TV show to reprise their roles. Pic, budgeted in the mid-eight figures, is skedded for a June start and should be ready for a 2005 release.

    After Fox pulled the plug on “Firefly,” Whedon struggled to continue the project, speaking with other nets and cablers about the skein, then finally turning to studios about a feature version. U acquired the feature rights from Fox last fall.

    Whedon said the pic will be released under the title “Serenity” to give it some distance from the TV version. “It was important that people understand that the movie isn’t the series,” he said. “The movie is bigger, more epic than anything you can do in a series.”

    To that end, he said he went out of his way while penning the “Serenity” script to make sure that it is accessible to auds who never tuned into “Firefly.”

    “You’re not going to bring people into a movie if you’re explaining all the time what happened before,” Whedon said.

    Series was a space oater set 500 years in the future, tracking the journeys of the crew aboard the Serenity.

    Forthcoming pic is set about six months after the TV show left off, and centers on two passengers on board the ship who attract trouble to the crew.

    The studio has closed a deal with Nathan Fillion to return as Capt. Malcolm Reynolds. Other original cast members Gina Torres, Morena Baccarin, Jewel Staite, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher and Summer Glau are also in place.

    Barry Mendel is producing the pic. Chris Buchanan of Mutant Enemy, Whedon’s shingle, and Mendel exec Alissa Tager are exec producing. Overseeing the project for U is vice chair Mary Parent.

    • jbrecken says:

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      The studio has closed a deal with Nathan Fillion to return as Capt. Malcolm Reynolds. Other original cast members Gina Torres, Morena Baccarin, Jewel Staite, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher and Summer Glau are also in place.

      What about the other two guys? Are they just not important enough to be mentioned in the article, or have they been cut for some reason?

      • hossman says:

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        The studio has closed a deal with Nathan Fillion to return as Capt. Malcolm Reynolds. Other original cast members Gina Torres, Morena Baccarin, Jewel Staite, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher and Summer Glau are also in place.

        What about the other two guys? Are they just not important enough to be mentioned in the article, or have they been cut for some reason?

        They haven’t neccessarily been cut, but they have not officially “closed a deal” nor are they “in place” (ie: have an agreement that just needs finalized)

        • jdarksun says:

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          The studio has closed a deal with Nathan Fillion to return as Capt. Malcolm Reynolds. Other original cast members Gina Torres, Morena Baccarin, Jewel Staite, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher and Summer Glau are also in place.

          What about the other two guys? Are they just not important enough to be mentioned in the article, or have they been cut for some reason?

          They haven’t neccessarily been cut, but they have not officially “closed a deal” nor are they “in place” (ie: have an agreement that just needs finalized)

          Alan Tudyk & Ron Glass. Both were great, I’d be mighty heartbroken if either of them weren’t attached.

    • is says:

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      Thanks for the copy-paste!

      Sounds to me like it’ll be a conspiracy x-files type movie centered on “2 by 2, hands of blue”.

      While not what I was hoping for, it’s early and either way it’ll probably be very cool.

      • GrimSean says:

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        While not what I was hoping for, it’s early and either way it’ll probably be very cool.

        I just hope there are Reavers. Lots and lots of Reavers.

        • Icehouseman says:

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          While not what I was hoping for, it’s early and either way it’ll probably be very cool.

          I just hope there are Reavers. Lots and lots of Reavers.

          I just hope it doesn’t suck. We’ve been let down before (Matrix sequels, most of the Star Trek movies)

        • y42 says:

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          While not what I was hoping for, it’s early and either way it’ll probably be very
          cool.

          I just hope there are Reavers. Lots and lots of Reavers.

          I hope they keep the Reavers for the sequel ;-)

    • Dave says:

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      Pic is skedded…

      Series was a space oater…

      These look like words, but I don’t quite recognize them.

      • mbourgon says:

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        These look like words, but I don’t quite recognize them.

        Context is your friend.

        Pic is skedded…

        Scheduled.

        Series was a space oater…

        Space + oater. As someone else mentioned, space = scifi, oater = western.

        • slackfive says:

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          Series was a space oater…

          Space + oater. As someone else mentioned, space = scifi, oater = western.

          I think it might be “Space Opera”… think like Soap Opera, but in space and less sucky.

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