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Inkworks to Release New Trading Card Line Inspired by Universal Pictures' Serenity

Inkworks has announced the product details for SERENITY PREMIUM TRADING CARDS based on Universal Pictures' upcoming movie, Serenity. Written and directed by Oscar® and Emmy-nominated writer/director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel), Serenity is scheduled for release September 30, 2005.

Inkworks brings the futuristic adventure film, Serenity, to a premium set of trading cards. The 72-card series features the amazing story and special effects of the highly anticipated film. Packs of SERENITY Premium Trading Cards have a suggested retail price of $2.49. Each pack contains six cards with 36 packs in each sealed display box. A collector album has been especially developed for the SERENITY trading card release (SRP $19.95). Also, 99 individually numbered "Renegades" puzzles have been left uncut and are available at a suggested retail price of $69.95.

Also look for these randomly inserted bonus cards:

Autograph Cards - One Per Box! - 10 different signers: Nathan Fillion as Mal, Gina Torres as Zoe, Adam Baldwin as Jayne, Alan Tudyk as Wash, Jewel Staite as Kaylee, Morena Baccarin as Inara, Summer Glau as River, Sean Maher as Simon, Ron Glass as Shepherd Book and Chiwetel Ejiofor as The Operative (10 different cards, inserted approximately 1:36 packs).

Pieceworks® Cards - Cards featuring pieces of the actual costumes worn on-screen during the filming of the movie. Costumes and details to be announced.

"RENEGADES" - a nine-card puzzle. (9 different cards, inserted approximately 1:11 packs).

"WOMEN OF SERENITY" - five cards featuring the women of Serenity. (5 cards, inserted approximately 1:17 packs).

PLUS look for 3 box loaders "THE TRUTH WITHIN" (3 different cards - 1 per box) and a case loader "BROWNCOATS UNITE" (1 per shipping case).

About the Film
Joss Whedon - the Oscar®- and Emmy-nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel - now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity.

The film centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family - squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal.

When Mal takes on two new passengers - a young doctor and his unstable, telepathic sister - he gets much more than he bargained for. The pair are fugitives from the coalition dominating the universe, who will stop at nothing to reclaim the girl. The crew that was once used to skimming the outskirts of the galaxy unnoticed find themselves caught between the unstoppable military force of the Universal Alliance and the horrific, cannibalistic fury of the Reavers, savages who roam the very edge of space. Hunted by vastly different enemies, they begin to discover that the greatest danger to them may be on board Serenity herself.

Serenity is written and directed by Joss Whedon; produced by Barry Mendel; and executive-produced by Chris Buchanan, Alisa Tager and David Lester.

This film is rated PG-13. Please consult or for more information.

About Universal Studios Consumer Products Group
Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of the extensive catalogue of NBC Universal properties. Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1 television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

About Inkworks
Inkworks is an award-winning entertainment trading card manufacturer based in Morrisville, North Carolina. Current Inkworks licenses include ANGEL, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, FAMILY GUY, ROBOTS, THE SOPRANOS, SMALLVILLE, ALIAS, THE X-FILES, CHARMED, and others. For a complete product release schedule, more information on Inkworks products or to find out how to get free collector cards, please visit the Inkworks web site at

Source: Inkworks
Date: July 13, 2005

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