September 26, 2005

Serenity Now!

Serenity is a feature film that's been reworked from a very promising TV series, Firefly, that died a premature death from boneheaded executive groupthink.

The movie blurb is below:

Joss Whedon, the Oscar® - and Emmy - nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE, ANGEL and FIREFLY, now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity. The film centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family –squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal.

What's really neat about the project (beyond that it's likely going to be a good time had by all) is that it's shaping up to be a major event in the development of media transmittal. It's a rarity for TV series to go to the big screen after so few shows aired (the closest I can think of is the original Star Trek and that took decades after its much longer run). As far as I know, this is the first time that bloggers have been invited as members of the press to review the movie. It's a very gutsy move and they're not going to be able to spin this one if the movie turns out to be badly executed. The show in Chicago runs on the 27th and blogs have enough collective media heft to make or break this thing.

I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

Posted by TMLutas at September 26, 2005 04:23 PM