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April 15 2005

Serenity UK release moved... forward! How does October 7th sound?

The UK Film Distributor's Association now has "Serenity" pencilled in for Friday October 7th - a whole month earlier than previously! Hooray for us Brits.

Sweet! Excellent news, thanks very much for that Outsider. I don't think I could faced waiting till November to see Serenity.
Oh that is very exciting news! And a testament to the UK Browncoats who have been campaigning for an early release date. I'm so happy to hear about this, I think it will help build more excitement for the movie here to have it well received there.

Am I crazy to have hopes that the International Press might make note of 'Serenity' at the Golden Globe awards? The Autumn release will put the movie out there at a good time to garner some attention.
Hooray. That is good news. It still seems surreal that we will be able to go to a cinema and see 'Firefly'. I can't to see how it's received over here. I bet the old TV show will appear on a mainstream channel if the film does well...
Speaking of Serenity, I was surprised to see the following item "Link: Serenity Movie Website Launches" on the sidebar at Newsarama. I was a little bit puzzled to see this. But making the assumption the Universal Picture PR people told them about this, I'm wondering if the Serenity movie site will kick off in earnest very soon (i.e. online trailer etc).
I'm glad as this means I can see it earlier than the US.
They haven't moved the US release date, near as I can figure. Not since they moved it out of April into late September.

Since Firefly hit DVD it might not be in any network's interest to schedule it for broadcast, but due to the rising interest, I still think whatever network has the rights at this point would be foolish not to play the series again late this summer, leading up to both the US and UK release. I don't know if it's FOX or some cable network. The latter would be preferable. I remember some years ago when The Blair Witch Project was preceded by a television pseudo documentary about the film's backstory, it seemed to boost sales of movie tickets quite a bit. Timing in this business is everything though.

I still wish they'd move the US release up into late summer, and the UK release alongside it. There's nothing in August scheduled that would compete with Serenity; a Deuce Bigolo sequel, The Dukes of Hazzard and some remake of a western no one's heard about. Word is they may be moving the film adaptation of Doom out of the summer entirely. Not a lot of confidence surrounding Doom. Serenity could fit into August with little trouble.

July's a little more risky, but personally I think Fantastic Four's gonna be a crapshoot. It'll get a big first weekend release and then stall by August once word of mouth gets out it's about as good as Hulk or Daredevil were. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's going after a completely different audience, as are the remakes of The Honeymooners and Bad News Bears. Still, Serenity would fair best in late August to early September, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Although Universal could risk pushing Serenity back more, they're playing it safe, hoping instead to launch Serenity just before the start of the holiday season. I wonder if they're gonna mass produce those action figures in time for Christmas..?
Razor: 'Serenity' is due to open in US theaters on September 30th, a week before the UK release of October 7th. But one week will be a lot easier for avoiding spoiler discussions.

BTW I really want to thank everyone who has seen the rough cut version of 'Serenity' and have been so careful to not spoil all of us who are going to be waiting until Autumn!
I think I can just about last a week between US release and UK release without accidentally downloading an illegal pirate DVD screener copy from the internet.

Hooray for cinema cards. A years worth of unlimited cinema trips - if Serenity is good, I'll see it more than once.
Well, that's a bit better.
Adding on to Embers kind and cordial remarks to everyone who has seen the rough cut version of Serenity and ahve been so careful to not spoil the rest of us, I personally would like to also congratulate you on that as well as be the first to publically berate and browbeat all you people who have seen the rough cut version of Serenity and have NOT spoiled it on the Internet. I've been looking everywhere for spoilage and can't find crap. All you previewers who probably signed little nondisclosure agreements and junk, you all suck.

If any of you wish to redeem yourselves in my eyes, my email address is available in my profile. I'm particularly interested in getting my hands on a URL to the shooting script. I KNOW it's online somewhere! I WILL find it!
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Im not TOO fussed about this.......

(Just in case anyone doubted, i was joking)
Hooray for cinema cards. A years worth of unlimited cinema trips - if Serenity is good, I'll see it more than once.

I'm not sure how cards work when determining the movie's takings. Anyone know?
Good news for our people in the UK.

Just to set our bearings, here's the latest movie releases in that time frame. This is the September releases and these are the October.

The only real competition I see here is 'Oliver Twist'. I think we're looking pretty here.

Apocalypse, please don't do that. I'm having flashes of the UPN room. We certainly don't want that here :)
I think Corpse Bride(Johnny Depp, Tim Burton) and Into The Blue(Jessica Alba) were pushed into summer.

[ edited by eddy on 2005-04-15 22:57 ]
As much as I share Apocalypse's fervour, scrolling down past all those yes's made my eyes water (so I trimmed it down somewhat). Anyhow this is as good an opportunity as any to mention the following. No doubt as time gets near to the US release, we will get inundated with Serenity reviews. But what I would like to do on Sept 30th is a special review thread so Whedonesque posters can tell us what they thought and if possible do a similar thread for the UK posters as well on October 7th.
That's a good thought, Simon. But please paint the September 30 thread in red with a spoiler sign. Like you, I will watch on the 7th. Actually, guess I'll have to ban myself from this room during that week. That bites.
Whoops, pardon my ignorance, I had somehow thought that both the US and UK releases were in November. But it's good to know that we can all look forward to an autumn release, within a week of one another.

I'm hoping that if Serenity is both visually impressive and well written then it will generate a lot of positive reactions from critics, which in turn would interest a lot of cinema-goers who wouldn't have considered seeing it otherwise. And there are also probably a lot of Firefly fans who want to see it.

I mean the sales of Firefly the series must have been phenomenal to spark interest in a feature film, and it seems likely that people who are willing to pay for a box set would be willing to pay for a cinema ticket.
…and it seems likely that people who are willing to pay for a box set would be willing to pay for a cinema ticket.

And imagine all those unsuspecting souls who've never even heard of Firefly that walk into a theater and say, "We've seen all these other flicks. Let's give this Serenity a go!"
Heh, anyone who has it in their power to spoil ZachsMind and doesn't gets cookies. He will be forced to be surprised.

Nah, there'll be a shooting script available in probably not too long. If all else fails, maybe that script/photo book that Titan is putting out will be released before September 30th.

Really happy for all the UK fans. This is awesome news.
Cookies are over-rated. I offer PIZZA* to the first person to get me an online copy of the shooting script!

* virtual pizza that is, provided you play Kingdom of Loathing.
Cool for UK fans! Now let's see if we can get the Australian November 10th brought forward too!

Mind you, if we do, I will have to buy a new calander because I have the countdown "Days to Serenity" number written in very large red numbers on every single square up to Novemebr 10th. Kind of pissed off everyone else in the family who wanted to write other dates on the calender like birthdays, wedding anniversary, Grandad's heart surgery ....... Pfft, trivial stuff compared to Serenity's release date!
catalyst2, tell the family to get their own calander, we know our priorities ;) I hope you'll get your wish with the bump forward of Serenity's premiere date.

Virual pizza....are those faxable?
Only the thin base pizzas are faxable!
Sorry about the continued "YES's!", but the prospect of seeing Serenity a month earlier without jumping on a plane to America is just too exciting for words! :)
And I'm sorry as well. Didn't mean to bitch. Tend to do that time to time. Not sure why.

Anyway, looking forward to some 'Serenity'.
Yes!

Good find and good move (please let this be really really true). Staying unspoiled and off-line for a whole month would have been near impossible.

They really should make it a simultanous release everywhere, as any delays just encourage illegal downloading and piracy.
Woohoo, now I can stop considering flying to the US to watch it when it's released there :) I can totally live with waiting a week
"Virual".. Viral Pizza? Ew.

Virtual pizza in The Kingdom of Loathing is not faxable, but it is k-mailable. Login, sign up. Tell them ZachsMind sent ya. If you look me up in KoL and send me a kmail (green message), tell me you're a Whedon fan, you get a free pizza. Limited time only. While supplies last. This coupon not good with other coupons. Eleven is ridiculous it's not even funny. Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear. Satisfaction guaranteed or triple your meatpaste back.

I used to host Whedonesque Trivia in there when I had stuff to give away. If I could get enough Whedon fans in the game I might consider doing that again. It was fun.
That was my fault and I wish to apolgize, ZachsMind. Just me making with the funny. BTW, neat site. Please sound the bell if you host the Whedonesque Trivia again. That's something I can actually win.
Ok. I was wrong about corpse bride and into the blue, CB comes out a week before Serenity and ITB comes out the same day. But I don't think it'll be any competition cause really ITB looks like alot of crap.
…and it seems likely that people who are willing to pay for a box set would be willing to pay for a cinema ticket.

Oh, heck yeah. As it is, the strategy for this movie is simple: drag as many people as I possibly can into the theater. I mean, movies are group things, social things, right? So I'm dragooning as many warm bodies into the theater with me as can fit, friends, family, anybody I can finangle. I've already shown a few of them my DVDs (one, a huge BtVS addict likes the show, while another relatively casual BtVS fan really likes the show) and they know my goal is to get as many people to go as possible.

Heck, it's not as though I haven't been dragged along for my share of movies other people wanted to see. (*cough*Ring 2*cough*)
I pay 6.50 at the theather for a ticket, I paid about 39 dollars for my DVD set. Thats 6 movie tickets. With the amount of money the DVD sets sold I don't think it'd be bad odds to bet on the movie breaking even.
That's right, eddy, and my DVD sets provide constant entertainment for at least 3 people, and many DVD owners can probably say the same. So that's 3 movie tickets each time we go to the theater!

So let's look at the math. If each DVD set brought in an average of 3 movie tickets for opening weekend, what kind of numbers would we be looking at?
Madhatter? You the same Madhatter that's in Kingdom of Loathing? Drop me a line in there. I'll give ya a pizza. =)

Do we wanna just trust the odds? If Serenity doesn't break even, we don't get Serenity 2 and 3. As I understand it when Universal made the deal with Whedon, they only get to make the next two films if Serenity breaks even. Maybe all we can do is trust the odds. I just wish there was some way between now and September to do more than just talk it up with our friends, y'know?
Well, ZachsMind, and all others who haven't found serious Serenity spoilers yet, you haven't been looking hard enough :p

Look no further than this. Beware, this link contains full synopsis . The spoilers are in big black boxes somewhere in the thread.

Yay, my first post, although I've been a long time lurker here.

[ edited by Simon on 2005-04-18 08:24 ]
spiderx whilst I appreciate your eagerness to help but one of your comments alluded to some very major spoilers so I've edited your post accordingly. Thus who view the spoilers do so at your own risk.
Thank you Simon, I appreciate your hard work!

Unlike ZachsMind I'm trying to remain spoiler free so that I can experience the shock and surprise that Joss loves to present and Jewel has promised. It is still more than 5 months before 'Serenity' is released, a lot of time for people to get casual about spoiling others, so Simon's vigilance is really appreciated!
spiderx, thanks for the link, just what I needed, you have saved me from dying of curiosity.

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