For those that missed it, here's the Serenity comic published by Dark Horse for Free Comic Book Day 2016. Writer Chris Roberson pens an all-new chapter in Joss Whedon’s Firefly ’verse (in fairy tale form!), beautifully illustrated by Stephen Byrne. The Serenity comic, titled "The Warrior and the Wind", brings to life the atmosphere and characters from Firefly in an original story, in fairy tale form. ... Read full article
Comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics announced back in September 2013 they would release a new continuation to Joss Whedon's space-western Firefly and its follow-up film, Serenity. The six issue mini-series titled "Serenity: Leaves on the Wind", written by Zack Whedon and illustrated by Georges Jeanty, picks up 9 months after Serenity‘s conclusion.
Take a look at various cover art of "Serenity: Leaves on the Wind" featuring Summer Glau's character River Tam, who is now the pilot of the Serenity ship in this continuation of the world of Serenity in comic book form.
Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #1 - Cover by Georges Jeanty
Malcolm Reynolds's crew shook the 'verse to its core when they laid bare the crimes against humanity undertaken by their sinister government the Alliance.
Always outlaws, Mal, a very pregnant Zoe, new pilot River Tam, and the other surviving crew members are in greater danger than ever. Meanwhile, everyone is asking the same question . . .
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 arrives in stores January 29th, 2014. More informations at Dark Horse.
Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #3 - Cover by Dan Dos Santos
Serenity is found! The crew, including Jayne and a certain bounty hunter, get themselves ready to restock and retrieve when River wakes from her self-induced sleep and gives Mal a mandate . . . which will eventually—hopefully—maybe—lead to Zoe’s rescue!
The cover of "Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3" featuring River Tam is as beautifully strange and mysterious as River herself. Here's what cover artist has to say about the process of creating it: "Every commission starts with the manuscript. After reading through Zack Whedon's rough draft of 'Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3', I began to sketch some rough ideas for the cover. Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief, Scott Allie, requested I depict the opening dream sequence with River Tam, so I started there."
Read more: 'Serenity' Comic Artist Walks Us Through Creating A Cover, at MTV News
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 - Variant cover by Georges Jeanty
These awesome covers have been uploaded into the Gallery: 'Serenity: Leaves on the Wind' Comics
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 arrives in stores March 26th, 2014. More informations at Dark Horse.
A press junket was hosted by Universal on September 24th 2005 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to promote the worldwide theatrical release of Serenity on September 30th 2005. There was three mini press conferences: the first one was a conversation with Joss Whedon himself. The second one was with Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres and Morena Baccarin. Next up was with Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Jewel Staite and Sean Maher (Ron Glass and Alan Tudyk didn’t make it).
Journalists had later the possibility to conduct one-one-one interviews. Don't miss the two videos interviews with Summer Glau and Sean Maher at the end of this Blogpost.
Here's the transcript of the bigger panel featuring cast members Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and Jewel Staite, during which they spoke about coming back to replay their characters.
Summer, did your experience as a dancer help you with all of the fight scenes and the stunts you had to do?
Summer: It did help me, because I was used to the training every day, going to the gym and working out all day. Doing lots of different types of training. But really it’s completely different muscle memory. I had to completely retrain my body. It took three months, all day, every day.
Adam: And it worked!
Besides the quality, what was the biggest difference between doing Firefly the show and Serenity the movie?
Jewel: I think it was the time factor. We spent so much more time on the movie than on the series. We [could] do a three-page scene all day long if we wanted to, and that was nice.
[On the television show,] if we had … twelve hours, that was it, and in those twelve hours we had eight or nine pages to shoot. On the movie, I felt like we had this personal time, we could stop, we could talk about the characters, we could talk about the vibe of the scene, what we were going for…
Adam: We had two weeks of rehearsal before we started filming, and I think we focused a lot on the main dialogue scenes early on. But we also focused on that “mule chase” scene, because we had two weeks of exterior work on location that we had to get in [during] those two weeks to stay on budget and on time. The weather cooperated and we were able to get all that stuff in. … Once we got to the studio and the controlled atmosphere on the sound stages, we were home free. It felt like we were right back workshopping our little TV show on these gigantic Universal sound stages. It was just great.
Sean: I agree, the time was a big thing. We obviously had a lot more time to tell a story than we did we when we were doing the series. But to me it felt so similar to the show. Everything just felt a little more spectacular, a little grander. There was a wonderful feeling of redemption, because we’ve come back with these people, this great reunion, and there was a wonderful energy…
Jewel: …and a sort of closure too. Because when we got canceled, it all happened very quickly. I’m from Canada, I’m from Vancouver, so I packed up my stuff and went home, and I felt like there was no closure whatsoever. So when it was decided and we were green-lit to do the movie, and we saw each other again, and we were able to play these characters one more time, it felt nice… very gratifying.
Adam: An important aspect of that is that we felt, and I think the fan base felt, that [with the TV show] we were kinda under the gun from the get-go. Our ratings were low. Everyone knew our ratings were low. And we needed to figure out some way to push them up, and never did. We got canceled. But the cancellation all happened really quick. It was like, ‘Okay, you’re done, go home.’ But Joss immediately asked for the show and the rights to Firefly to make it somewhere else. They tried to sell it to other TV networks and they didn’t bite.
But over time he was able to get Universal and Mary Parent’s attention, and they agreed to make the film. But Joss never gave up. Joss never gave up quote/end-quote “fighting for the future.”
It was very hard for all of us and devastating emotionally. [turns to the other actors] I don’t know about you guys, but I never felt like Joss gave up. I never felt that this was where we would end up until Joss gave up and said, “I can’t do it anymore.” And he never did.
So, while we miss our show, you’re right that we have closure, whatever happens to the movie.
Serenity Fan Fest, hosted by Universal Studios Hollywood on September 24th, 2005, gave fans of Firefly and Serenity the opportunity to meet members of the cast and crew, view clips and behind-the-scenes footage from the film, meet the special effects team behind Serenity and also to see through their own eyes authentic movie props.
Find below rare HQ photos of the Serenity movie prop exhibits, taken by Browncoat David Mello, who gave us the permission to use his awesome photos for this blogpost. Outside of the Exhibit room, fans were greeted by the Mule itself, Serenity's own Work Horse; inside the room, they discovered a scale model of the 'reaverized' Serenity ship, props from inside the ship, weapons and other rarities like the Mirandamobile.
Roberta Schwartz was delighted to pose with the movie props, which means more awesome photos for our viewing pleasure :
UPDATE : here are more photos from Kevin Parry for WireImage; the photos includes the movie props and the Firefly cast & crew during the signing session as well. Fans will recognize Visual Effects Supervisor Loni Peristere, Adam Baldwin, executive producer Chris Buchanan, and actors Rafael Feldman and Yan Feldman.
Unfortunately, i don't think such an exhibit would be possible now, with all the movie props scattered to the four winds.
Firefly fans can watch the Mule at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, though; here's the video :
I hope you enjoyed the tour!
You can watch photos (sample below) and a video of the Q&A panel with Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin and Executive producer Chris Buchanan in this Blogpost.
The (almost) entire cast of Joss Whedon‘s sci-fi western is reuniting at Comic-Con International San Diego next week for Firefly‘s tenth anniversary (see news) and of course fans are eager to know if there will be a continuation in one form or another.
Sean Maher was interviewed at this year Oz Comic Con (Australia) and asked exactly that point-blank; unfortunately, Sean Maher has no idea if a reboot of Firefly is already underway. But then he starts yammering on how he didn’t know about Serenity til Joss was writing the script and mentions how Joss Whedon told him and Summer Glau that a film based on Firefly was in the making :
Sean Maher: I have nothing to tell you but I would be lying if I wasn’t thinking that myself. Everyone always asks are you making another one? And I’m like “I don’t know” because I really don’t know, but I don’t underestimate the power of Joss and now he has 10,000 times more power than he has ever had and it just seems like opportunities would be at his fingertips. I just saw him last week for ADR (addition dialogue recording) for Much Ado About Nothing and he didn’t mention anything but when Serenity was being made, I wasn’t privy to all the early development discussions. I was having dinner at his house, Summer [Glau] and I came over and Joss was cooking us dinner and I remember he was makin’ a Chilean seabass and he said “oh by the way I’m heading to cape cod to write the movie (Serenity)” and I was like “I’m sorry what?!?” And I still kind of didn’t believe him until the table read and we sat down and read the Serenity script and here we were with all of these people that I loved so much and these characters that I love so much and to just hear the words spoken again, that was when it really sunk in, so if there is something going on and I’m not being kept in the loop about it, I wouldn’t be surprised. He never ceases to surprise me.
Based on that anecdote, what if Joss Whedon has some ideas for a Firefly continuation and is developing them in secret?
Read full article at Graffiti With Punctuation.
Serenity had been selected for inclusion in the 59th Edinburgh International Film Festival, and received its official Gala Premiere Screening on Monday, August 22nd, with a 'Reel Life' interview with Writer/Director Joss Whedon the next day.
Besides Joss Whedon, the whole cast were in attendance; namely Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Gina Torres, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Morena Baccarin, and Nathan Fillion.
Check out images of the team behind "Serenity" pictured at a photocall at the Balmoral Hotel before the film's premiere screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Stars of "Serenity visit Cineworld for the film's world premiere screening at the 59th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
A columnist at iofilm.co.uk who attended the press conference wrote :
There was clearly a lot of camaraderie amongst the cast, good-natured banter batted back and forth and they laughed at each other's jokes, which is always a good sign. There was a lot of male love in the room for Summer Glau, an ex-ballet dancer who plays River Tam and who trained to do 95% of her character's stunts. Joss (we're on first name terms now) will be making Wonder Woman next, and I wouldn't be gasping in surprise if Summer dons the spangly hot pants and armbands. Although she's a bit short to convince as an Amazon.
The Reaver sword and axe that River Tam uses at the end of Serenity have been reproduced by various replicas online shop.
Serenity- The River Axe (TOMAHAWK USA version) at Movie Object Reproduction
Sci-Fi Serenity Outlaws Long-Bearded Axe at swordsswords
Serenity Axe Black W/SH 15 1/8" at Cutlery Corner
Serenity - River Sword & Axe Set W/plaque at Reliks
Museum Replicas Ltd have released two sets of officially licences replica weapons from Serenity : The Operative's Sword which comes complete with an adjustable leather black scabbard retails at $165.00. The other piece is the Reaver Sword and Axe set which comes with a Serenity wall plague for display, this will set you back $295.00.
Unfortunately these items are not sold anymore.
Serenity River Sword at onlyknives.com
We have gathered in one place some amazing high resolution Serenity covers in various languages from the successives DVD/Blu-ray release. Included also Serenity Disks and fan made covers.
(Click on image for larger size.)
Serenity DVD Swedish
Serenity DVD Disk 1 English
Serenity DVD French
Serenity English DVD
Serenity Blu-ray French
Serenity Collector's Edition
Serenity DVD French
Serenity DVD French
Serenity DVD French
Serenity Blu-ray German
Here are custom made versions by Firefly/Serenity fans
Serenity DVD Disk 1 English
Serenity DVD English
Serenity DVD English
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