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River dives through the doors to close them before the Reavers drag her away. At the backup transmitter, Mal fights the Operative, finally subduing him and forcing him to watch the broadcast recording. Mal returns to the crew, and the blast doors open to reveal that River has killed all the Reavers. Alliance troops arrive, but the Operative orders them to stand down. The Operative provides medical aid and resources to repair Serenity.
He tells Mal the broadcast has weakened the Alliance government, but while he will try to convince the Parliament that River and Simon are no longer threats, he warns that they will likely continue their pursuit in retribution for getting the word out. Serenity takes off with River as Mal's new co-pilot. The film is based on Firefly , a television series canceled by the Fox Broadcasting Company in December , after 11 of its 14 produced episodes had aired. Mendel introduced Whedon to then Universal executive Mary Parent. She had seen Firefly and immediately signed on to the project, even though Whedon had yet to create a story.
In July , Whedon said that though there was interest in the project, "I won't know really until I finish a draft whether or not it's genuine. In early September , a film deal with Universal was publicly confirmed. Universal acquired the rights to Firefly shortly before the confirmation. After Universal acquired the film rights from Fox, Whedon began writing the screenplay.
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His task was to explain the premise of a television series that few had seen without boring new viewers or longtime fans. He based his story on original story ideas for Firefly ' s un-filmed second season. After presenting the script to Barry Mendel under the title "The Kitchen Sink", Whedon and Mendel collaborated on cutting down the script to a size film-able under his budget constraints.
Universal planned to begin shooting in October , but delays in finishing the script postponed the start of shooting to June Unwilling to approve of such a large budget, Universal Studios wished to shoot abroad to minimize production costs. However, Whedon, reluctant to uproot his family, insisted that filming take place locally and maintained that it was possible for a local production to cost fewer days and less than half the expected budget.
Serenity was filmed over a period of fifty ten-hour days,  beginning June 3, and ending September 17, The shoot typically would have lasted thirty days, but the production completed filming the sequence in five days. Pyrotechnics were shot at Mystery Mesa, near Valencia, California , over a period of three days rather than a typical two weeks. The production expected to save money by reusing the Serenity ship interior set from the Firefly television series.
However, the set had been built in pieces as episodes called for new rooms on the ship.
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Using DVD images of the television series as a guide, the set was rebuilt over fourteen weeks on Universal Studios' Stage 12 by twenty-three supervised crews working independently but in coordination with one another. As the budget for the film was considerably smaller than for the TV series, practical special effects were used as much as possible: In pre-production memos, Whedon described his vision for the score as "spare, intimate, mournful and indefatigable". Just as the landscape and speech drew from elements of the Western , he wished the same of the musical style and instrumentation.
We don't want to be too specific about culture or time. We want to be comfortable enough with the sounds not to let them take us out of the story, but not so comfortable that we begin to be told where the story is. He cautioned against vocal orchestration, believing there to be only two voices in Hollywood and wishing to avoid both, and advised moderation in woodwind, feeling wind instruments to be "either too airy or too sophisticated". Universal Studios wanted a composer with experience scoring films, ruling out Firefly 's composer Greg Edmonson. Whedon first thought of Carter Burwell , of whom Whedon was a huge fan.
However, Whedon later felt that Burwell was not the right choice because as the film changed, the needs of the score changed as well. David Newman was recommended by Universal's music executives when Whedon requested a composer capable of "everything" and "quickly". Whedon's instructions to Newman for the ship Serenity 's theme was something homemade and mournful, evoking the idea of pioneers who had only what they could carry.
Whedon wished the theme to let viewers know they were now home. River Tam's theme was played on a uniquely shaped, square, antique piano that was slightly out of tune. The piano reminded Newman of River and composed a "haunting, haunted, vaguely eastern and achingly unresolved" theme that Whedon felt proved Newman's understanding of the film's musical needs. The score was performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony under Newman's direction.
Serenity was originally released on traditional film prints. Because the original 2K digital intermediate scans were readily available, the film was chosen by Universal Pictures to test conversion to a Digital Cinema Distribution Master of the film and to "test the workflow required to create a [ Digital Cinema Package ]. In April , Universal launched a three-stage grassroots marketing campaign. A rough cut of the film was previewed in a total of thirty-five North American cities where the Firefly television series received the highest Nielsen ratings.
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The screenings did not bear the name of the film and relied on word-of-mouth within the fanbase for promotion. All screenings sold out in less than twenty-four hours, sometimes in as quickly as five minutes. In the twenty-four hours following the announcement of the second screening, the Firefly fanbase launched trial and error efforts to uncover the theaters holding the screenings, leading the event to be sold out before the official listing was released.
Session , also known as the R. Tam Sessions,  are a series of five short videos anonymously released by Whedon through various websites and message boards as a form of viral marketing. After they approached Whedon with the idea, he decided to use the format to explore events before either the film or the television series. The videos, sequenced out of chronological order, depict excerpts of counseling sessions between River Tam, played by Summer Glau, and her unnamed therapist, played by Whedon, while she is held at the Alliance Academy.
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In addition to the special features featured on the Region 4, with exception of the question and answer session, the release included Session , a documentary on the film, and a second commentary with Whedon and actors Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, and Ron Glass. Despite high anticipation, Serenity performed poorly at the box office. Serenity ' s international box office results were mixed, with strong openings in the UK, Portugal and Russia, but poor results in Spain, Australia, France and Italy.
United International Pictures canceled the film's theatrical release in at least seven countries, planning to release it directly to DVD instead. Serenity received mostly positive reviews from film critics. The site's critical consensus states: Ebert and Roeper gave the film a "Two Thumbs Up" rating. I'd rather just watch Serenity again. Serenity won several awards after its release. The DVDs will permanently reside on the International Space Station as a form of entertainment for the station's crews.
In the end, the poll was discarded and the node was eventually named 'Tranquility'. Beginning in January , fans with Universal's blessing began organizing charity screenings of Serenity to benefit Equality Now , a human rights organization supported by Joss Whedon. By mid-June, 41 such screenings had been confirmed for cities in Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, and the United States, and as of June 19, , there were 47 scheduled screenings.
This has become a multi-venue event held each calendar year in various countries and cities and on various dates throughout the year. Funds raised by the events go to Equality Now and other charities . Universal Studios wished to do an animated prequel to the Serenity film. Whedon and Brett Matthews wrote a story for the feature, but Universal ultimately decided against the project. Inkworks issued a card trading card set, including autographed cards and cards with swatches of costumes used in the film, on September 21, While the film depicts the Alliance as an all-powerful, authoritarian-style regime, Whedon is careful to point out that it is not so simple as that.
The Alliance's main problem is that it seeks to govern everyone, regardless of whether they desire to belong to the central government or not. The Operative embodies the Alliance and is, as Whedon describes, the "perfect product of what's wrong with the Alliance". He is someone whose motives are to achieve a good end, a "world without sin". The Operative believes so strongly in this idea that he willingly compromises his humanity in furtherance of it—as he himself admits, he would have no place in this world.
In contrast, Mal is, at the movie's beginning, a man who has lost all faith. Whedon has said that the most important line spoken in the film is when Mal forces the Operative to watch the Miranda footage at the climax of the film, promising him: Whedon makes the point that a world without sin is a world without choice, and that choice is ultimately what defines humanity.
The Fruity Oaty Bar commercial shown in the Maidenhead spaceport bar, which carried the subliminal message that triggered River Tam, is partially inspired by Mr. Sparkle, the mascot of a fictional brand of dish-washing detergent, who was featured in The Simpsons episode " In Marge We Trust ".
Fans had hoped that if Serenity had been successful, it might lead either to sequel or a film trilogy. The first major sequel rumor began on December 1, , when IGN Filmforce reported that Universal had expressed an interest in making a Serenity television movie for broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel. It was expected that commissioning of a television sequel would be contingent on strong DVD sales of Serenity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Serenity Theatrical release poster. List of Firefly characters.
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