First, Netflix resurrected "Arrested Development." Now fans are helping to bring back "Veronica Mars." This revival trend seems like great news for Browncoats, who have been waiting since 2005 (when "Serenity" hit theaters) for more adventures with Captain Mal & Co.
It’s not as if the fans — and the actors — aren’t willing; the well-meaning attempt to "Help Nathan (Fillion) Buy ‘Firefly’" as well as the turnout at last year’s Comic-Con reunion panel proved that the passion is still there. But to make a Joss Whedon show or movie, the first thing you need is Joss Whedon. And he’s been kind of busy.
I’ve said repeatedly that I would love to make another movie with these guys, and that remains the case. It also remains the case that I’m booked up by Marvel for the next three years, and that I haven’t even been able to get "Dr. Horrible 2" off the ground because of that. So I don’t even entertain the notion of entertaining the notion of doing this, and won’t. Couple years from now, when Nathan [Fillion]‘s no longer [on] "Castle" and I’m no longer the Tom Hagen of the Marvel Universe and making a giant movie, we might look and see where the market is then. But right now, it’s a complete non-Kickstarter for me.
We were encouraged about "Dr. Horrible" after
our conversation with Maurissa Tancharoen last year. Now it looks like both Captain Mal and Captain Hammer will have to wait. As will the fans… just a little bit longer.
Toy Vault, Inc. announced an agreement with Twentieth Century Fox licensing that will provide Toy Vault with the rights to create table-top games, plush, and novelty items for the cult hit TV series Firefly created by Joss Whedon. The first Toy Vault Firefly items are expected to ship to retail this spring.
It was 10 years ago that Whedon’s witty attempt to create an outer space "western" starring Nathan Fillion as Captain Mal Reynolds of the space freighter Serenity, a ship that prowled the frontiers of the galaxy where the rule of law was only occasionally enforced.
Though it lasted for just one 14-episode season Firefly inspired a legion of fans, many of whom adopted the brown dusters worn by the soldiers of the Independence faction in the series, which earned these adoring fans the appellation, "Browncoats."
Toy Vault has plans to launch multiple tabletop Firefly games along with decorative pillows, and a line of mini-plushes of the entire crew of Serenity.
Why would anyone wait in line to see a movie that they’ve already seen and is currently on Blu-ray? Joss Whedon. The writer/director of this year’s #1 film, The Avengers, stopped by the Director’s Guild of America in Hollywood, CA Tuesday night to screen that film and speak with Jeff Goldsmith of Backstory Magazine about his uber-blockbuster. Along the way, Whedon dropped an extremely subtle hint as to a possible villain in The Avengers 2 (or another future Marvel film), spoke about a version of The Avengers with Wasp and explained why, even though The Empire Strikes Back is superior, A New Hope is the better movie. Read some quotes and more after the jump.
Let’s just get to what you all want to read first. Everyone assumes Thanos will be the villain in The Avengers 2. He shows up in The Avengers, it makes sense, etc. But Whedon said that he fought with Marvel to put another villain in The Avengers besides Loki. He didn’t think that one villain, even if he had an alien army, could be enough to warrant the assembling of The Avengers. “But it took me a long time to accept that because I was like, ‘they need someone to hit,’” Whedon said. When pressed to say who that villain would be, Whedon said, “I’m not gonna tell you that because that person might crop up another time.” Read more
It’s a long way ’til The Avengers 2, but the rumors should be steadily rolling in for the next 2 1/2 years. In fact, some already have. There’s the rumor that Ms. Marvel may be joining the cast of characters, and that Emily Blunt and Ruth Wilson are being considered for the role.
That of course may or may not be based on anything, but Joss Whedon has now turned in an outline for the sequel script, meaning that at least some answers are now committed to paper.
While an outline is far from a first draft, and a first draft is far from a final draft, and a final draft is far from a cinematic release, Whedon has made some decisions on what direction to go with The Avengers 2, and we can hopefully hear about some of them in the future.
Stars Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner are all expected to return, with a release date set for May 1, 2015. Until then, fans can count on the impending releases of Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Considering how famous director Joss Whedon (The Avengers) is nowadays, it’s easy to forget how big an accomplishment it was to get his Firefly followup film Serenity made a few years ago. But now that he’s a big shot, former Firefly star Sean Maher wants to know—why the heck don’t we have a sequel yet?
Maher played Dr. Simon Tam on Whedon’s short-lived 2002 space cowboy series, and he agrees with most of the fans that it’s high time for a sequel.
He told Hero Complex that he asks Whedon about it every time he sees him, and doesn’t understand why the infamous multitasker hasn’t gotten Serenity 2 off the ground:
"I wish I could wrap my head around it a little more. When I see [Joss Whedon], I’m like, ‘I don’t get it. Aren’t you like king of the world right now? Can’t you do anything?’
"’And I know we can’t do another show. I get that. A television show would be very tricky with all of our availability, and I don’t think that’s in the realm of possibility. But what about another movie? You just shot Much Ado About Nothing in 12 days. You’re kind of amazing at that. You made that happen’.
"So when people ask me if there’s another one, I say, ‘You know, I don’t think so, but I don’t know, and I kind of don’t understand why’."
We’re right there with you, Maher, and we’d love to see what Capt. Mal and company are up to nowadays. Even if it was a smaller, character-based story (i.e., not quite as expensive as the ambitious storyline of Serenity) you’d have to think there are still some great stories left to tell in that universe.
What do you think? Is Whedon too busy playing in Marvel’s sandbox to come back to the ‘verse?
(Via Hero Complex)
What sort of show will Joss Whedon‘s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series be? If you’ve assumed that it will be a lot like Whedon’s other shows, you’re probably correct.
So here’s what we’ve got on the show, which will help expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it also expands the reach of those characters to current live-action television. Ming-Na was cast as a top pilot and weapons expert Agent Melinda May, while Clark Gregg‘s late Agent Phil Coulson will appear in some fashion.
Now the show has added Elizabeth Henstridge (The Thompsons, and the CW pilot Shelter) and Iain De Caestecker, of UK series The Fades and Young James Herriot, and the upcoming Irvine Welsh film Filth.
THR explains that Henstridge will play “science whiz Agent Gemma Simmons,” while De Caestecker will be Agent Leo Fitz, a technology guru. The trade elaborates, saying,
The duo spend all their time together — mostly bickering — and are masters at a remarkably young age of their respective fields.
This is what we previously knew about the characters:
These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.
Joss Whedon is co-writing with his brother Jed Whedon and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen. They’re a veteran team, having worked on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Dollhouse in the past. We’re still waiting for confirmation that Joss Whedon will direct the pilot; that, reportedly, is still based on scheduling.
Joss Whedon is notorious for working with the same group of actors, writers and directors—and one lovely former Firefly star is making a play for his upcoming Avengers spin-off TV series S.H.I.E.L.D..
Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) was recently chatting with IGN, and the topic of Whedon’s eagerly anticipated S.H.I.E.L.D. series came up.
No surprisingly, she’d love to do it.
Considering that Glau has already made her way through Whedon’s Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse, it’s not too far-fetched to think he could find a place for her in his latest effort.
Here’s what she had to say:
"I have my fingers crossed behind my back. I try not to say anything to Joss about anything he’s doing because he has so many actors, and I know we all want to work for him. So I don’t know, but if I could be a part of it in any way, of course, you know I want to."
What do you think? Would you like to see Glau suit up as the latest S.H.I.E.L.D. agent?
Marvel generated a good bit of excitement by announcing that The Avengers director (and Buffy and Firefly head honcho) Joss Whedon would make not only The Avengers 2, but would act as executive producer of a TV show chronicling the exploits of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and act as a general smoke-shrouded godfather to Marvel’s film slate.
The details on S.H.I.E.L.D. have been thin so far, with Whedon saying the show “came together very organically,” and noting that the show will feature all new characters, rather than importing personalities from Marvel’s films. Now, however, we know a bit more about four of the core characters, and taken together they may sound like a pretty familiar bunch to Whedon’s fans.
Backtracking a bit, Whedon said not long ago,
It’s new characters. It needs to be its own thing. It needs to be adjacent [to the movies]. You don’t want to do a show where you’re constantly going, ‘Iron Man just left, but he was totally here a minute ago.’ You want them to go off on their own thing, and say, well, what has S.H.I.E.L.D. got that the heroes don’t have? And part of that for me is, they’re not superheroes, but they live in that universe. That makes them a little bit — even though they’re a big organization — underdogs, and so that’s really interesting to me.
Tonight TV Line scored casting details which reveal a few things about the characters:
- Skye – This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.
- Agent Grant Ward – Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.
- Agent Althea Rice – Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.
- Agent Leo Fitz and Agent Jemma Simmons – These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.
I’ve already seen a few jokes about Whedon reassembling/reworking the crew of Firefly for this show, and sure, there are some recognizable “Whedon” elements in there. But it’s pretty early to be making the easy call; let’s at least see who gets cast.
We’re still waiting to hear precisely what role Whedon will take in the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot. He could end up directing the opener, and will co-write with brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse). We don’t have a premiere date at this point, and likely won’t for a while longer.
Briefly: Marvel’s The Avengers is currently $40 million away from being the second highest grossing domestic film of all-time. However, playing on only 142 screens last week makes it damn near impossible to reach that mark. So with a weak set of films opening wide this weekend, Disney has decided to re-release Joss Whedon‘s superhero epic for one week only, August 31 through September 6. The goal? Fill the weekend’s distinct lack of wide releases skewed to young men, and maybe make a run at James Cameron’s number two box-office record.
Check theaters for listings. Thanks to Facebook. The Avengers hits Blu-ray September 25.
Breaking news: It was just announced on the Walt Disney Investors Conference Call that Joss Whedon will return for The Avengers sequel. Whedon is signed to both write and direct the upcoming sequel. Disney confirmed that Whedon is also involved in the development of the previously-rumored long-lead ABC live-action television series which will be set inside the Marvel cinematic universe.
Whedon had previously said that he was “very torn” about coming back:
“It’s an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story, even though I feel like I did get to put myself into it. But at the same time, I have a bunch of ideas, and they all seem really cool.”
Marvel is notoriously cheap when it comes to contracts, so some fans were worried that a deal wouldn’t be made. I think everyone will be excited that Whedon is back for the next one. If I were Kevin Feige I would secure Whedon to a long term contract as an executive producer, overseeing the marvel universe on a Pixar braintrust-level. The Avengers is being tentatively planned for a Summer 2015 release, although Disney and Marvel have not formally announced a date.