Science Fiction Film & Television

Serenity, cinematisation and the perils of adaptation

Science Fiction Film & Television (2008), 1, (1), 67–80.

Abstract

While many sf series have been based on successful films, far fewer series have managed the move to the big screen; with the exception of the Star Trek franchise, practically none has achieved the measure of success that would suggest a reliable formula for future television-to-film developments. Firefly (2002), remade as Serenity (2005), is an exception whose success seems due in large part to Joss Whedon's approach to creating the original series as a narrative of multiple 'doors', not all of which were opened. Serenity could thus explore elements that the series' early cancellation curtailed. This adaptation helps us measure some of the difficulties and possibilities involved in making a successful transition from television to film.

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Telotte, J.