By the looks of things, Firefly fans won’t be brushing the dust off their beloved Browncoats anytime soon. In an interview with BuzzFeed, writer and director of the show Joss Whedon reacted to the news of Veronica Mars’s Kickstarter success by ruling out the potential for a Firefly campaign…for now.
Check out what he had to say about the matter:
“I’ve said repeatedly that I would love to make another movie with these guys, and that remains the case. It also remains the case that I’m booked up by Marvel for the next three years, and that I haven’t even been able to get Dr. Horrible 2 off the ground because of that. So I don’t even entertain the notion of entertaining the notion of doing this, and won’t.”
Unfortunately for fans of the cult show, the writing is clearly on the wall. Coupled with financing trouble and poor audience figures, Firefly was cruelly axed from Fox in 2002 after just 14 episodes. The underrated show gathered such a passionate following in a short period of time that Whedon was able to pitch together funding in order to create a feature film called Serenity in 2005 to satisfy the demand and give the fanbase a sense of closure.
To this day, however, the enthusiasm for the Firefly universe burns on and has extrapolated onto a range of creative mediums. Be it comic books, novels or fan fiction, the adventures of Malcom Reynolds and his ragtag crew continue to thrive. As a self-confessed fan of the show, I can empathise with the disappointment felt following Whedon’s latest statement. Undoubtedly, this is a testimony to his artistic expertise that even 11 years after its inception; the universe of Firefly is still as appealing as it ever was.
Unfortunately at this point in time, fans of the director can only take solace in Whedon’s continuing success in the Marvel universe
What’s your own reaction to this news? Are you, like me, devastated and searching online for the Firefly box set for consolation? Or do you feel that Joss Whedon is respecting the franchise by slowing letting go?
Sound off in the comment section, Browncoats!