Slightly old news, but worth a post for people who (like me) hadn’t already seen it. Apparently the marketroids at Fox have decided to delay Serenity until Fall [archive.org], scheduling it to open September 30, 2005.
The good news is that, according to Joss Whedon, it’s purely scheduling. (The original release date put it barely three weeks ahead of Star Wars: Episode III, after all.) “There’s no reworking the end, no reshoots, no ‘does it have to be in space?'”
The bad news: the wait time just doubled. There’s already too little Firefly as it is. Then there’s the question of a Farscape feature film: conventional wisdom has it that studios will be watching to see how well Serenity does before committing to anything. This will probably further delay anything on that front.
*Sigh* Serenity was the main movie I was looking forward to next spring.