Audiences were just beginning to learn about the series when it was yanked off the air. Those who found the series during its short run quickly latched onto the idea of resurrecting it, but met with a lot of resistance from the original TV network that was the home of the cancelled series. But through Internet campaigns and other resources, "Firefly" fans kept the series alive - if, for a while, only in spirit.
Luckily for Whedon fans worldwide, their quest to bring "Firefly" back to life didn't fall on deaf ears. Universal Pictures worked a deal with series creator Joss Whedon to deliver a film version of the show. Calling this theatrical version "Serenity" after the name of the ship on the series, Whedon quickly signed on the entire cast to do a film. Now after months of preview screenings across the United States, the film is about to fly into theaters on September 30, 2005.
The stars of the series - and the feature film - showed up on September 22nd at Universal Studios in Los Angeles for the movie's premiere. After covering hundreds of premieres, I've become pretty jaded when it comes to talking to stars about their projects. But the cast of this particular movie were just about the most honestly enthusiastic group I've come across on a red carpet.
Check out what the stars of "Serenity" - including Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, and Ron Glass - had to say about working on the feature film, their fans, and what they remember the most about working with Joss Whedon:
Summer Glau, Jewel Staite, and Adam Baldwin - Play the Video
Alan Tudyk on "Serenity" and "Firefly" - Play the Video
"Serenity" Synopsis*: 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.
When Mal takes on two new passengers-a young doctor and his unstable, telepathic sister-he gets much more than he bargained for. The pair are fugitives from the coalition dominating the universe, who will stop at nothing to reclaim the girl. The crew that was once used to skimming the outskirts of the galaxy unnoticed find themselves caught between the unstoppable military force of the Universal Alliance and the horrific, cannibalistic fury of the Reavers, savages who roam the very edge of space.
Hunted by vastly different enemies, they begin to discover that the greatest danger to them may be on board Serenity herself.
* "Serenity" synopsis provided by Universal Pictures.