Joss WhedonJoss Whedon Not Serene About Serenity
Thursday 22 September 2005, by Webmaster
Joss Whedon, writer and director of the upcoming SF movie Serenity, told SCI FI Wire that he’s just starting to get nervous about the potential reception for his film, which is based on his failed Fox TV series Firefly. "How nervous am I? Uh, I’m actually pretty calm," Whedon said in a new conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. "I am being medicated right now steadily to keep me that way. I got really nervous when I realized, ultimately, I have absolutely no idea how this movie is going to do. I believe that if people see it, they will like it, and that is sort of my first job, and I feel like that was more or less accomplished. But I have no idea if they actually will see it. And if they don’t see it, how can they like it?"
Serenity picks up the story of Capt. Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and the crew of a transport ship 500 years in the future as they run the edge of the galaxy trying to evade the malevolent Alliance and the rapacious Reavers. Though the show was canceled in the middle of its first season, it found a loyal audience on DVD.
Whedon said that he’s trying not to panic on the eve of Serenity’s premiere. "I sort of realized it’s out of my hands," he said. "I will do everything in my power to try and get people to see it, but there’s only so much that’s in my power, and if ... they don’t, ... or if they-how can I put this?-hate it, then that’s just ... what’s going to happen. There’s nothing I really can do about it. I believe in the film. I loved making it. I love what we came up with. I love everyone. I’m really proud of all my actors. So that’s going to have to sustain me. You know, that’s me now. Talk to me on the morning of the 30th, when I’m hiding in the bathtub with a hat on." Serenity opens Sept. 30. It’s being released by Universal Pictures, which is owned by NBC Universal, which also owns SCIFI.COM.
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