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March 04 2004

Universal Gives Serenity the Green Light. From the Universal Pictures news release.

An excellent description of Mal and the crew: "The film centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, "Serenity." He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family -- squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal."

Agreed, excellent post. Says it all and describes the show brilliantly. I can't wait for this movie to come out. I am a little concerned that Wash and the Shepard weren't mentioned but I also know Joss said he'd want the entire cast on board for any movie. The only thing is, it is going to be so hard to wait for this movie to not only be made but then the whole long wait of it being marketed and then finally coming out. It will be very hard to avoid all spoilers with that long of a wait but I will do my best because I wish to remain spoiler free!
I'm so excited about the movie, but also I remain pessimistic(yes i know, suprise suprise), Will all the cast be given adequate screen time and story lines in a movie. I think they need to make this a 4 hour event with an intermission at the 2 hour mark, i'd go watch it.
I'm with you, 400lb_Gorilla. I'm afraid two hours won't be enough for the whole epic story...maybe I'm just spoiled by LotR. But if anyone can jampack two hours with character development, plot, great dialogue, and prettiness, it's Joss.
"We have wanted to be in business with Joss Whedon for a long time and we're incredibly excited to be working with him on his feature film directorial debut," stated Parent and Stuber. "Joss is a true creator, whose talent crosses all mediums. His mythic worlds are inhabited with rich, detailed and very human characters. 'Serenity' will provide him with a great opportunity to paint another larger-than-life canvas with very identifiable, real characters at the heart of the story."

This is a very good sign that Joss will be able to continue telling his stories through movies. I hope Universal will be as excited to put a Buffy movie on the big screen in the future.

And, I cannot wait for this movie to come out!
Hear, hear! Excellent article.

I hope the movie's success does it (the movie) justice!
Great news and all I agree, but did anyone else get the deja-vu feeling from this article. I think it was the same article released last year with a new date. Weird but happy.
Whoever wrote this press release seems to have a strong understanding of "Firefly" in particular and Whedon's work in general, plus the movie synopsis sounds like this is an adventure that could appeal to a wide audience, not just hardcore fans. AWESOME.

And yeah, I think everyone realizes that a lot of the characters are going to end up getting short shrift in a two-hour film, but I'm confident that Joss will find a way to give each of them at least one choice scene, and I'm hopeful that there will be more "Firefly" stories (whether as more movies or a new TV series) in the future.
Hey congrats to WHEDONesque, just got listed on Slashdot front page an hour ago with the Firefly news...
I'm not sure if a congratulations is really in order.

Say goodbye to the server...

:)
Aye our predicted page views is supposed to be 21,000 today.

"The crew that was once used to skimming the outskirts of the galaxy unnoticed find themselves caught between the unstoppable military force of the Universal Alliance and the horrific, cannibalistic fury of the Reavers, savages who roam the very edge of space. Hunted by vastly different enemies, they begin to discover that the greatest danger to them may be on board "Serenity" herself."

That fits in with what Joss said to SFX last year about part of the movie being about River. And yes SimonF is me.
By the way, there are two cast members from the TV show not listed in this press release:
Ron Glass ("Reverend Book")
Alan Tudyk ("Wash" the pilot)

Not sure what that means, either contract not yet finalized or these actors are not coming back for those character parts.
The Futon Critic is reporting all nine actors will return to reprise their roles.
I guess the only thing to worry about now is a pending actors strike if a group sag members get their way, in July.
Do you think Joss will find parts for any of the Angel cast in this film or do you feel he may have spinoff hopes for the near future?
I just exploded with 6 weeks of builduppy excitedness... YAY! Now keep up the campaign! Need to give this puppy all the hype for the next 12+ months.... Time to buy a third copy of the boxset :)
Hahahaha imagine puppet angel as a reaver! :)

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