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thomas7g March 15th, 2004 12:50 AM

Firefly The Movie gets Greenlighted!
This is from Variety. I found the link over at the site which keeps the flames burning for the show.



Whedon's 'Serenity' greenlit
U moves forward on sci-fi spinoff

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. The pic, budgeted in the mid-eight figures, is scheduled 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 series, then finally turning to studios about a feature version. Universal 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 audiences 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.

Date in print: Wed., Mar. 3, 2004, Los Angeles

thomas7g March 15th, 2004 12:52 AM

Also Tim Menear, the former executive producer of the tv series stated the budget to be about 35 million.

GO GO Brown Shirts!


jewels March 15th, 2004 06:27 PM

Wheee! Time to fly again. :D (Thomas is the sole reason I ever watched Firefly--then I found out why it was cool.) ;)

thomas7g March 15th, 2004 08:53 PM


we don't see much of you around here no more. :)

callsignfalcon March 15th, 2004 10:12 PM

*dances* :D

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