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Joss 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.

4 Forum messages

  • > Joss Whedon Not Serene About Serenity

    22 September 2005 17:05, by Anonymous
    why does this guy worry so much? he could fart out a better movie than anyone in Hollywood. and i’ll freaking drag people by the hair to go see it, if i have to. and we all know that every fan of firefly will probably see it at least eleven times.
  • > Joss Whedon Not Serene About Serenity

    23 September 2005 08:06, by Anonymous
    LOL, I agree 100%. But I think I will see it more than 11 times. =)
  • > Joss Whedon Not Serene About Serenity

    23 September 2005 22:46, by Anonymous
    well, i saw a preview the other day, and i can safely say that if i see it everyday from when it opens at the cinema to when it stops showing, i won’t be doing it enough justice, rock on joss!! :D
  • > Joss Whedon Not Serene About Serenity

    24 September 2005 22:43, by Michael

    I’ll be there, Joss. (have brutely avoided any prior knowledge, spoiler, etc). I’m glad there wasn’t any here...

    Except, anything I need know [for sure] in the series DVD episodes? I’ve seen them (had them only maybe two months.

    Am long time Buffy fan, later Angel (both after they "were slain"). Wonder how to learn that (true) story as well.

    Serenity was an awesome start. Don’t know Fox’s (true) story as well, but stupid & unfair come to mind.

    A champion to topple network televison exec’s is needed (i guess like G. Lucas hoped to be, during original Star Wars. Then he became the thing he hated, Hollywood Corporate. Which as I think he said: becoming the thing you hate, the real point of Star Wars anyway...)

    Bring back Buffy (Sarah), have her run & win Governor of California. In a rampagy mood, California suceeds from the Union. Now all they (buffy, angel people, illyria) help that war and then they all can proceed to show us how to "Fix" our real world. Oops, isn’t Geena Davis going to the "Commander in Chief"? That chick can play baseball, though...

    Cya Michael