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July 31 2009

John August cites Joss Whedon, regarding quotations from books. The screenwriter for Go, Titan AE, Big Fish and more brings up Big Purple when asked on his blog about the rules for having a character reference preexisting text.

In the comments section, a reader offers up an exchange from the script for the Buffy episode, "Fear, Itself".

I came here to post the post script to that exchange, Kunkfubear, when at the end of that episode Joss says "Of course! The text under the picture. It says 'Actual size'"

That and "Lets see... April 1898. Angelus nails a puppy to..."
The screenwriter for Go, Titan AE, Big Fish and more ...

Err, I think on this site especially it might be worth pointing out that John August shares screenwriter credit on 'Titan A.E.' ;).
Err, I think on this site especially it might be worth pointing out that John August shares screenwriter credit on 'Titan A.E.' ;).

Saje | July 31, 21:17 CET


Really? With whom? (looks innocent)
Don't worry Saje, I'm aware. I try to be as concise as I can. :)

But since you brought it up, ever notice how much Bill Pullman's character from Titan AE dresses like Mal Reynolds? In fact, both that film and Alien Resurrection are littered with early concepts and ideas that would later go on to become what we know and love today as Firefly.
Fun to read the comments - one more thing that Joss does better than just about anyone.

And I guess I'll have to check out Titan AE one of these days. The idea that the same person who wrote the delightfully demented Go is partially responsible for an animated SciFi classic, is a mind bender in itself.
Why ? Especially with writers who tend toward semi-indie-ish fare like Go, scribes cast their net far and wide across many genres and formats all the time. Joss goes from something like Roseanne to Toy Story...

I wonder if I still have my Titan AE prequel comics laying around somewhere (3 issue mini-series). Can't remember if they were written by one of the dudes who worked on the film, but they fleshed out the aliens and some of the backstory characters better.
This reminds me of going online to be certain that the 'good bible' quotes in Our Mrs Reynolds weren't any more genuine than the believable sounding ones from Safe.
In fact, both that film and Alien Resurrection are littered with early concepts and ideas that would later go on to become what we know and love today as Firefly.

No worries kungfubear and yep, absolutely true. Maybe that's why Firefly hit the ground running so hard ? Joss had clearly been thinking about similar characters for a while.
Speaking of early versions of ideas I can't believe I never spotted til just recently the similarity between Dollhouse's imprinting chair and the chair the crazy scientist uses to give Gunn legal knowledge in Angel
Which is pretty similar to the chair in 'The Matrix' (except Gunn already knew Kung-Fu, kinda, and felt restricted by it).

Might just be form and function converging there, those're all "procedures" and chairs are where you sit for those (like at the dentist - in fact, maybe the allusion of unpleasantness is deliberate ?).

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