Bring up the topic of Joss Whedon’s Firefly in the presence of fanboys and reactions will range from the awe-inspired to the truly enraged. The anger is not directed at the show, however, but at the fact that it was cancelled, as many believe, way before its time. Although fans loved the show, they were only ever treated to one season (and that one incomplete and in the wrong airing order) and one follow-up movie, Serenity.
Even though it was short-lived, Firefly lit up like a fire storm and gave birth to a fan base that could only be called massive (and perhaps a bit obsessed) compared to the infinitesimal life-span of the series. Fans have been crying foul over the cancellation of Whedon’s masterpiece for nearly a decade now, though so far no amount of screaming to the gods for help has proven effective in returning it to the air.
The future, however, remains to be seen.
Joss Whedon has not given up on getting another chance to return to his creation and perhaps produce some more movies or, more optimistically, a few more seasons. He was recently quoted as saying:
“I keep thinking they’re going to call me, crunch the numbers and say ‘hey, we can make more money from this!’ But they don’t. I would never rule it out, I love these people. But I can’t just wait by the phone.”
So, the biggest thing holding Whedon back is the money. Production companies don’t seem to think returning to the past is going to be profitable enough to justify the work they’ll have to put into it. Anyone who knows the fan base of Firefly might think this ludicrous and knows that they’d very likely rake in the cash if the show were to come back for even a brief stint.
On the optimistic side of things, Whedon is moving on up in the movie world with his directorial presence on the Avengers film. This may be just the clout-gathering mission he needs to push Firefly production in a positive direction. With Netflix branching out in the direction of producing instead of just providing, they might just be willing to open their wallets and give Whedon a second chance. Though this would mean that the show wouldn’t air weekly, it’s doubtful that fans would complain too much.
*EDITORS NOTE: Article written by Nerd Bastards contributor Jason McAnelly.