Whedon’s movie is an outgrowth of his t.v. series Firefly. Fox TV abused the show by giving it crappy time slots and showing the episodes out of order before pulling the plug due to bad ratings (Whedon has famously declared he’ll never work with Fox again). The series found a home on the SciFi Network, and the respectful treatment helped it become a cult-classic. Universal acquired the rights to Firefly and greenlighted a feature film based on the series, perhaps the first time in Hollywood history that a movie studio wanted to transform a failed t.v. show into a feature film.
Released in September 2005, the film did ok at the box-office, just enough to recoup the cost of production (source), and now the studio is in talks with the SciFi Network to produce a t.v. film to be shown on SciFi. So Whedon’s vision lives on.
What made Firefly and, by extension, Serenity a story that captured the hearts of millions? We watched the movie to find out, then chatted about it.
Kathleen: One of the things that knocked my socks off was how Whedon used contrasts to flesh out both character and setting so that both are real and believable. Let’s talk about setting first. The success of sci fi storytelling really hinges on world building. I really dug how Whedon juxtaposed a Western over a futuristic world. “Stagecoach in space,” he called it. What did you think of that? [Read more…]