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THE MOVIE: Serenity

THE STARS:
Nathan Fillion • Gina Torres • Alan Tudyk
• Summer Glau • Adam Baldwin
DIRECTOR: Joss Whedon

The TV series lives again… THE CONCEPT:
Based on Whedon’s critically acclaimed, but short-lived television series Firefly, this Science Fiction Western chronicles the adventures of the ragtag crew of the spaceship Serenity, set against a post-Earth universe dominated by a planetary Alliance.

U.S. RELEASE: September 30 2005, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

ADAM BALDWIN (Jayne):
“We’ve had a long ride back from the cancellation of a short-lived television series to the release of a major motion picture. I don’t know if there’s any other story equivalent to that in Hollywood history. I think it’s a unique experience, plus the movie’s great.”

GINA TORRES (Zoe):
“When a television show ends, and ends as inauspiciously as Firefly, you just don’t think that you’re ever going to see these characters again. It was quite miraculous because this just isn’t supposed to happen. All the planets aligned to make it happen.”

NATHAN FILLION (Mal):
“For me it was three weeks into filming before I could finally relax enough into believing it wasn’t going to be taken away from us. We spent the first two weeks on location. It wasn’t until the week of actually coming to the trailer at the studio and going on the set every day that I could relax.”

JOSS WHEDON on why he seemed to tone down the Western aspect of the story for the film:
“I couldn’t find a place for horses. I have nothing against horses, and while Fox was very uncomfortable with the idea of a frontier/Space mix, Universal never was. There was never a mandate to be less Western. The town they are in and the bank heist is very much of a Western thing. Horses are large and I couldn’t fit one in – it was either a horse or Adam Baldwin.”

SUMMER GLAU (River) on her martial arts fighting in the movie:
“Joss knew I was a ballet dancer, I danced once on Firefly. He knew I was very athletic and very physical, and he said, ‘I have this idea for River to be this secret weapon.’ The stunt coordinator saw me and said, ‘It’s obvious you’re a dancer, we will do something that will work well with your body. So the style that we ended up with was almost like a brutal aggressive dance.”

WHEDON:
“It would be incredibly presumptuous for me to ever remotely think about a sequel, and yes I have plenty of ideas! That is how my brain works. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I would do if? But first I have to get people to see the first one. So most of my energy has been in trying to make that good enough so there could be a sequel.”

BALDWIN:
“Hopefully we’re at the beginning. We’re on the crest of a wave. It could potentially be something big but, come what may, we have closure on a very sad chapter of our lives when the show was cancelled. Now we have this movie that stands on its own and we can move forward, but hopefully we’re all part of something special, and I think we are.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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