A lot of people are just flat sick of hearing about fanboy-favorite Firefly and its seemingly impossible resurrection. Even I, someone who very much loves and misses the show, sometimes hates reading rumors about the show or how it may one day return to us. None-the-less, every once in a while, you just need to buckle down and revisit the topic and where it may currently stand in this completely unfair and tragic hell that Firefly has been prisoner to for many years now.
TV By The Numbers has a great piece from The Nick C Blog on some of the options that exist for just such a thing to happen, as well as whether Joss Whedon‘s Dollhouse getting a second season helps Firefly out.
The most intriguing part of this article, is that the man who wrote it has apparently had plenty of contact with Fox and its people. The main question posed to them is as it always has been: is there any way that Fox would actually do what we hope and pray–yet highly-doubt would ever happen and bring back Firefly? Surprisingly, the answer seems to be “yes,” if it were under the proper circumstances. As they stress in this story, all of the stars of the show are quite busy with their own shows right now, and all of those shows seem to be fairly popular to boot, so the chances of the right circumstances to renew the series coming along are highly-unlikely. So where does this leave us? Well, right back where we’ve been: movies.
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago at a Q&A session, Alan Tudyk dropped a little bomb that because the show and its cinematic follow-up Serenity had done so great with DVD sales, the suits were pondering bringing it back in the form of some direct-to-DVD movies. At the time this was the greatest news ever because it was a fair and incredibly logical answer, as well as a way for all of us to get our damn Firefly back. Unfortunately, it also turned out to be falsely interpreted…or was it?
It seems like right now — because all of the cast and crew are happily employed with shows like Castle, V, Dollhouse, and Chuck — making TV movies is the way to go. It would allow the actors and Whedon to get together and make a movie or two when they have some time off; it would be fairly cheap to do; and the subsequent DVDs to be released would most likely make a strong profit. If this happened and all went well with money and numbers, but not so well for the actors’ other shows, it could lead to a series revival.
It appears that Fox isn’t the only controlling factor in this anymore, either. Universal apparently also owns rights to future projects, which would bring NBC and USA into the aforementioned TV options. We’ve always wondered whether Fox just had a strangle-hold on the property and refused to sell it or do anything with it. Knowing now that Universal and others have power and could get things moving is a really good sign. Just the fact that there was some kind of contractual element that transferred some rights to Universal for the future is a really good sign that they’ve always been aware of the show’s early death, and how promising some kind of revival could be.
I always have, and still remain someone who feels this is going to happen at some point, some day. It may not be soon and the road has already been a long one, but for this topic to be one that just simply refuses to die says a ton about how determined the fans are, and how strong the property really is. In the end, it just makes too much sense to do — as we’ve seen in similar cases like Family Guy and Futurama. In all honesty, I think the only way that people will just let it go and move on is if they bring it back and it sucks for some miraculous and impossible reason.
As repetitive as these rumors can be, we can only hope that they show how much interest still remains, and ultimately bring some form of Firefly back to tell the stories it was meant to tell and never had the chance to.
[Source: via io9]
Please let it happen. Please, please, please!
Comment by Michael — June 2, 2009 @ 11:27 pm
I am keeping m fingers crossed. I am still converting fans to this ‘verse. The legion of Browncoats are growing every day.
Comment by Erin — June 3, 2009 @ 11:26 am
Would I like to see this happen? Sure. But I wouldn’t want it to happen. If you take a look at the interviews with mr wheedon on the dvd’s he explains that the show was one of the most intensely painful times of his life and only wants to move on and and as far away from firefly as possible. I wouldn’t want any tv show at the expense of putting someone through hell and back and neither should any fan of mr wheedon.
Comment by Ttandc — June 3, 2009 @ 2:28 pm
But wasn’t the pain he suffered ultimately because of Fox’s terrible decision making? It looked like he genuinely loved working on it, regardless.
I’m all cool with direct to video films, as it seems to be a fairly successful route for a few studios, like for the Stargate series or Bruce Timm’s DC universe films (Superman: Doomsday, The New Frontier, Wonder Woman).
The only thing Firefly has right now is the periodic Serenity comic mini-series, which Whedon himself writes, and the pen and paper RPG that lets fans explore “their own” role in the Verse.
Comment by Slipstream — June 3, 2009 @ 7:54 pm
True that it was because of the studios but it is also those same studios that might make the series return, but only if Mr Wheedon acts like a dog for them and does everything they say. I doubt he’d want to go through that again.
Comment by Ttandc — June 3, 2009 @ 11:52 pm
I hVEW BEEN ADDICTED TO FIREFLY/SERENIT SINCE THIS WAS BRODCAST ON TV.
The only TV show I loved better was Farscape.
I NEED, NO REQUIRE MORE OF THIS STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHAT CAN WE AS AVERAGE JOES DO??????????????
HELP. i KONW I’M NOT ALONE.
Comment by Debbied141 — June 4, 2009 @ 10:35 pm
FOX is the ugly, cheap crack whore TV network that wants instant viewership by the first 15 minutes of any show airing or else you’re on the cancellation chopping block. How the frak ‘Dollhouse’ managed to surivive a full season and renewed (AFAIK) for a second one is beyond me. If memory serves, doesn’t Universal still have the rights to Firefly/Serenity since the movie was done thru them? I’d be sad and disappointed if Whedon doesn’t return to his creation, but as long as Tim Minear is running the show, I’d still have faith in what may come from our beloved motley crew of outlaws, fugitives, and wanderers.
Comment by burning_chrome — June 5, 2009 @ 2:24 pm
IT seems like the cast, and Joss put there heart and soul into firefly and serenity. That’s why it did so well. While i’d never want to see anyone put through hell, I’d love to see it return. THere’s not much out there these days that speaks to folks like firefly and serenity do.
Comment by Nyki Myx — July 27, 2009 @ 8:30 pm