“There’s a business aspect to it and I would be disingenuous not to say that, but the question for me is, Do I have another story to tell about these people? So we worked on the business side of it and I didn’t think it was going to happen—I was like ‘I’m never going to do this again.’ But once they worked on the business aspect of it I thought that seems fair and cool, so, the question was, Do I have another thing to say? I was in London and I went to a pub and had some fish and chips and a pint and started writing in my notebook. I’m writing if I was going to do this what would I say and 40 minutes later I filled the notebook. So I text my agent and said to make the deal. I’m so in love with that universe and the characters and they way they were played and I have so much more I want to do with them. I know I can’t match the success of the first one but I can try to make a better film and that’s what I’m excited about, that’s the new room of fear I’m entering now.”
Disney apologise for Avengers UK Blu-ray/DVD debacle
Thanks to those of you who have let us know about an issue on the Marvel Avengers Assemble UK Blu-ray and DVD release, which has a less graphic depiction of Agent Coulson’s confrontation with Loki. Each country has its own compliance issues relative to depictions of violence. Unfortunately, another region’s elements were inadvertently used to create the UK in home release which minimally altered this scene in the film. We thank our fans for their vigilance in recognizing this and apologize for the mix up.
1) Fans get annoyed with the lack of Joss commentary on the British Blu-ray/DVD (btw this seems to be same story for most of the world)
2) Word breaks that the Loki/Coulson scene has been digitally edited - (click here to see pics of what the scene looks like on the German release)
3) Some fans cancel their orders/return their discs and buy the US version.
4) An SFX blogger calls today’s release a “debacle” (X)
3) There’s speculation that Disney did this “because they wanted to use a Eurozone disc for the UK to save money. The film was passed with no cuts by the BBFC, so there’s no legal reason for it. Actually, the fact that they might have released a version of the film that wasn’t submitted for certification could raise some interesting questions.” (X)
4) The British Board of Film Classification tweets that they are investigating whether the edited scene breaks the VRA (Video Recording Act). (X)
From the archives - 'Fox Trying to Spark 'Firefly'
This originally appeared at MediaWeek.com on September 2, 2002
Fox’s sci-fi/Western Firefly is scheduled to launch on Sept. 20, and advertisers have yet to see a completed episode. Traditionally, that doesn’t bode well for a new series.
Last May, Firefly was one of the season’s most anticipated projects. Fox was so high on the concept — from Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — it ordered a two-hour pilot.
But when Whedon delivered the tape to Fox, the network balked. “We ultimately felt that there was too much back story for a pilot,” said Gail Berman, Fox’s entertainment president. Sources said that as close as two days prior to Fox’s upfront, the network was ready to renew Dark Angel for a third season — in Firefly’s place. Berman denied those reports.
Shortly after the network’s viewing of the pilot, Whedon delivered a revised one-hour script, which convinced executives to greenlight the series. Berman cautioned that the launch episode is not a pilot, but rather a first episode. “We’re moving forward with the characters. We’ve formed their sense of humor, their wants and desires,” she said, adding that the original pilot will air sometime later in the season.
But with tape on the series still not reaching advertisers, questions have been raised as to how long into the season Firefly may last. “If I had to make a guess, it doesn’t look good,” said Stacey Lynn Koerner, senior vp/director of broadcast research at Initiative Media.
Many buyers, several of whom are die-hard Buffy fans, said if anyone can pull off a series as ambitious as Firefly, it’s Whedon. But Sharianne Brill, vp/director of programming services at Carat USA, suggested that time may by working against Whedon. “He’s not just grinding out 13 episodes, he’s building a whole new universe. Maybe it would have been better if Fox held this back for midseason.”
Despite any perceived rush on Fox’s part, Berman said that she has read scripts up to episode No. 5 and that she remains confident the show is on target. While advertisers said they thought the series might air Sundays, Firefly will launch in the Friday 8 p.m. slot vacated by Dark Angel. And though both shows may seem similar in their sci-fi tonality, Berman believes Firefly will fare better than its male-skewing predecessor. “I think Firefly has a wide appeal both to men and women,” she said. “We feel great about it.”
A blog entry by Nathan Fillion at Fox’s Firefly site back in 2002
Hey there Brown Coats-
So this entry will be written by our own Capt’n: Nathan Fillion! Take it away Nathan…
Ooo… This is so cool. I’ve finally made it, the weblog! How I’ve dreamed of this moment- and yet, now I feel tremendous pressure to be clever like Kelly. How does she do it?
We are hard at work on “Heart of Gold,” which holds much excitement and some implied nudity! I am particularly excited because it will be our first glimpse of such technologies as a true laser pistol and a hovercraft. Carey has once again outdone himself with his design of the craft, and I was sure to get a personal tour of it during construction.
Consistent with previous episodes, our guest cast this week is simply amazing. Melinda Clarke plays the lovely and sultry Nandi, and Fredric Lane has joined us as the bastardly Ranse Burgess- the man you’ll love to hate. Also on board this week is an old friend and Soap Opera alumnus Kimberly McCollough. Soap fans will remember her from her stint on General Hospital.
There were some questions on the boards, and Kelly asked if I would be interested in responding. I said I was scared, but she said she would hold my hand. (So, my plan worked!) I know for a fact that you folks don’t realize how very indispensable Kelly is around here. She has REAL POWER. If you want something done, you talk to Kelly.
Do we read the posts? I do. When I have spare time at work, I’ll raid the office for computer time. (I don’t have Internet access at home. Don’t ask. It’s a thing.) I particularly enjoy when folks enjoy the same scenes for the same reasons that I do. Or when I read that what I was trying to impart on screen was understood by viewers. Thank God! I look most forward to Kelly’s posts. I read them, imagining how great it would be to have the scoop on the everyday comings and goings on my favorite shows, the antics on set, inside jokes and so forth. I feel it speaks to the feeling of family and camaraderie that is present here. Something I feel it helps us put out a better show every episode.
Will Kelly appear in an episode? YES!!! She makes the cutest cameo in “Ariel!”
You really want to know about my underwear? Well, nothing special folks. Same as every other man out there. They are old, got holes, and worn through to the point of transparency. I occasionally buy new ones but I never throw any away. If a man says he throws out his underwear, he is lying. It’s as simple as that. They don’t get trashed, they just sometimes fall off or ignite.
Thanks, guys! This was a blast. As always- FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS MISS FIREFLY. Spread the word. Have a party. Make ‘em watch. They’ll thank you.