'Serenity (2)' now!
Hey, don't be so sure, Joss.
OK, maybe it's still wishful thinking that Whedon, creator of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series, would be able to do something further with the universe he created with his next series, the short-live sci-fi-Western cult fave "Firefly." Yet a show that lasted only three months in late 2002 was resurrected once already on the big screen in 2005. "Serenity" was good -- not great -- but it provided the welcome returns of Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), Zoe Washburn (Gina Torres) and Jayne Cobb (Adam Baldwin," as well of the rest of the appealing main cast of "Firefly."
Some story lines were tied up, but others weren't, and there seems to be much left to be explored in Whedon's vision of the future, set in 26th century following global war resulting in the United States being the only super powers and English and Chinese being the two prominent languages. (The names of the series and movie stemmed from Mal's crew flying in a Firefly-class spaceship named Serenity.)
Why am I bringing all this up now? "The Avengers," that's why. As you probably know, Whedon wrote and directed the superhero mega hit, which scooped up a reported record-setting $207.4 million in its opening weekend in the U.S. (Released a little earlier elsewhere, the movie raked in more than $650 million worldwide in its first 12 days.)
to a "Serenity" sequel? We can dream.
In other words, Whedon is a much more player in the film industry than he was even two weeks ago. Seriously.
According to his IMDb page, Whedon has already helmed another film that's in the post-production stage, but nothing's listed after that.
He probably shouldn't wait by the phone for somebody to call him about making "Serenity 2." But, after the kind of opening "The Avengers" had, if he wanted to pick up the phone and make a few calls himself, I'm betting he could make it happen.
-- Mark Meszoros | Entertainment@News-Herald.com | @nhfeatures