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You Can't Take the Sky from Me: 'Firefly's' Sean Maher Goes Back to Doctoring in Space

By Cindy Davis | Industry | September 17, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | September 17, 2014 |

You can take the actor out of Firefly, but you can’t… Oh never mind.

Sean Maher aka Dr. Simon Tam, aka Arrow’s Shrapnel is heading back to space in Thomas Zellen’s (Cherry, What If) first outing as primary director, ISRA-88. The film follows a tiny spaceship (ISRA-88) on a mission to find the end of the universe. Maher plays Dr. Abe Anderson, one of only two crew members; during the long journey (13 years) Anderson slowly begins losing his mind. As the ship finally reaches its destination, Anderson is caught in a time loop, and must find a way to stop the cycle.

Zellen’s Kickstarter funded, low-budget ($625,000) “quirky, dark comedy sci-fi” aims to use effects to make ISRA-88 look like a much more expensive film. Using technology that hasn’t previously been available to smaller projects —“attainable to $100 million movies” — the director hopes his finished product will look like a $5 million dollar film.

ISRA-88 co-stars Casper Van Dien and Adrienne Barbeau; filming begins in Michigan this month.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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