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Joss Whedon Talks a Possible Serenity Firefly Movie Sequel?

I’m fond of Firefly myself but there’s no two ways around it, Serenity was a whopping disaster. It was a disaster that began early on and ended with a thundering crash. I frankly can’t understand or why anyone would want or look forward to a sequel to Serenity, not unless it reboots and pretends the Serenity movie never happened or at least not the last 20 minutes of it.

But hope burns or springs or does something active in the trufan’s breast and thus we now get more talk of a Serenity sequel, which Joss Whedon, almost J.M.S. style is encouraging. Sigh.

So after all is said and done, was Serenity profitable? Do you consider it a success?

Joss Whedon (JW): It’s a success to the studio or else we wouldn’t be doing a special edition DVD. They actually admitted as much on paper, which you know studios are loathe to do, and that was actually from the theatrical. Theatrical was a disappointment, as everyone knows, but it did go into the black. Then the DVD came and they took me aside and said “We can’t keep these things on the shelf. We want to do a special edition.” And I didn’t want to hear that because I knew it would have to be a truly special edition to make me happy. There had to be a real reason, some real goodies.

Joss seriously, we all know that Firefly has enough fans to send the DVD’s sky high. That’s how Serenity happened in the first place. But it can’t perform at a theatrical level. Simply it bombed in the theaters. And sure why wouldn’t Universal cash in by making a special edition when they know there’s a built in market for it and that if they just created a special edition with nothing more added than Joss Whedon putting on lipstick and kissing the case, it would fly off the shelves.

For a normal movie a special edition would imply that the studio sees it as a valuable property. Here it’s just a case of Universal being smart and cashing in on a Firefly fandom.

With Wonder Woman, was it an “agree to disagree” sort of situation?

JW: I honestly don’t know. I had a vision and they didn’t seem to respond to the vision. I asked what it was that they wanted and Joel Silver said “I don’t know.” At first it was great, like “hey, they’re letting me run with it.” But then I figured out it was like “Firefly” – they were letting me run with it because they didn’t like any of it. There was really no feedback because nobody knew what it was I wasn’t giving them.

No real surprise because a Wonder Woman movie is basically unworkable. I mean there’s really two ways to go, bring in McG or Brett Ratner and turn it into another Charlie’s Angels or bring in Joss Whedon and create a risky product that will have cult appeal but might not resonate with general audiences. If Joel Silver does make it, the former approach is likelier than the latter.

So give me hope for a Serenity II

JW: Hope for it probably rests with this DVD.

So then you’re saying we’ve got a chance?

JW: Well it’s probably not being discussed in boardrooms right now, but the fact of the matter is if it makes enough money sooner or later they say “hey, this is money!” Also there are paradigms that are much cheaper, it doesn’t have to be enormous. But on the other hand I’m happy to say all of my actors are working very hard. It’s not the same situation where we all threw in for pennies because we had to finish telling that story. Now that situation might be harder to bring about.

Oh come on. Unless the Serenity DVD makes twelve billion dollars, no one in their right mind is going to green light a theatrical sequel. Not after how Serenity performed. Direct to Video Babylon 5 style? Entirely possible. In fact down the road even probable, if they can do it cheaply enough and if Joss Whedon is really committed to it. For real live and in theaters? Again? No way.

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