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Joss Whedon Posts on Serenity Opening Weekend

Serenity opening weekend has been and gone (for the US, Canada and Australia), but next weekend is just as important. Here’s what Joss Whedon posted right before the weekend:

Well boys and girls and boys dressed as girls and girls dressed as Kaylee, the time is almost upon us. This Friday we take that old rust-bucket out of the shipyard and see if she can breach atmo. It’s been a long (to paraphrase a band a like) strange trip, and it’ll be nice finally to show everbody what it is we’ve been tinkering with all this time. You already know you have my thanks, from the hardcore fans to the softcore… fans… let me try that again. From the people manning the booths, buying DVD sets for their friends, getting banners seen everywhere on Australian TV, raffling artwork for ticket holders (Adam Hughes, take a bow), to the most casual fan who just wants to see the flick and won’t ever read this. You guys are the fuel in the negine, the Fire in the Fly, the weird green stuff coming out of Serenity’s butt. (Hmmm. Forget that last one. I’m a little bit out of control here.)

Everyone needs something to keep them going. Mal has his ship, Zoe has her integrity. Jayne as Vera. And I’ve got you guys.

So what now? There have been so many posts about seeing it, seeing it again, the first weekend, the second weekend, being enthusiastic without being obnoxious (and yes, it IS hard to see over the pom-pom of a Jayne hat), buying tickets in advance, making a noise… I honestly wouldn’t know what to add. I can tell you this: the movie will play in about 2200 theaters, which is a good number. Too many, and you get empty theaters with no energy – not enough, and you get, well, not enough. It may be hard to find in some areas but it’ll be out there. Leave no mutiplex unturned! This is going to be a ground war, peeps – we have to hold the valley for a long while. However it opens, it needs to HOLD. Instead of the Alliance we’ll be fighting viewer apathy, fear of something new, the urge to wait for DVD, and Jessica Alba in a bikini. (Although I have it on good authority that she spends 90% of the film in a huge wooly parka. Make sure that gets out.)

The day this puppy opens, I’ll be seeing it with my family (don’t worry, there’s a lot of them, and they’re all paying) and then I’m off to Europe to learn the word ‘Browncoats’ in nine different languages – ’cause like I said, it’s all about holding. I’ll never be far from a computer, though, so I can check in with y’all. Thanks for every damn thing.

And remember, amidst all the urgency to make this an event, all the work and the worry, to take two hours and just enjoy yourself. That is, after all, what all this fighting’s about.

And here’s what he said after the weekend:

Post subject: Worst. Movie. Ever.

was probably “Summer Holiday” with Mickey Rooney. Can you believe that kid was the biggest star in the world? Funny world.

Meanwhile, I’m just rounding out the weekend with a little praise for my dear peeps. Considering everything we’ve had to overcome, this is an extraordinary achievement, And you guys have been in the front lines. I lurk, I know all. So thanks. Some of you might know that this flick means more than a little to me.

Yes, the second weekend will tell all, as we’ve always known. I’m not here to push you guys – you push yourselves way harder than I could anyway. I’m just trying to fighure out how to get the message out to the guys that aren’t you, that don’t know any of you, and that don’t run into someone who saw the film. I’ll be hounding the extremely patient Uni execs on that very subject. Like the lady saud, “People have to know”.

It’s not that there HAS to be a sequel. It’s just that I’ve got so many IDEAS…

Keep going to see that movie folks. And for those of you, like me, who are in the UK, the fun starts on Thursday.

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