Of course, this was inevitable. After the Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter campaign blew up the internet with its record breaking $2 million+ earnings in less than a day, everyone who’s a fan of show cancelled before its time is hoping they can do the same. And none more so than the Browncoats. Sure, you could argue they’ve already had their movie, and they got it without Kickstarter, but many fans were left unsatisfied. With this new precedent of crowdfunded filmmaking it wasn’t going to be long before Joss Whedon would need to address the proposal of a “Bring Back Firefly!” Kickstarter.
Initially, Whedon didn’t want to talk about what this could mean for Firefly, but soon changed his mind. “I realized if I don’t, it’s the only thing I’m ever going to be asked ever by anyone.” Truth. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Whedon explains why you won’t hear him asking you to back a Firefly film anytime soon,
That’s what everybody wants to know about. Uh, yeah. My fourth feeling when I read about [the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign] was a kind of dread. Because I realized the only thing that would be on everybody’s mind right now. 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. Couple years from now, when Nathan [Fillion]’s no longer [on] Castle and I’m no longer the Tom Hagen of the Marvel Universe and making a giant movie, we might look and see where the market is then. But right now, it’s a complete non-Kickstarter for me.
The whole exchange is definitely worth a read, but there you have it, the man is just too damn busy! Which I think we could have all guessed. It’s likely we’ll see more of Firefly in the future, maybe not as a movie or a television series, but something. Fan demand is too great. Whether it comes through a Kickstarter campaign or not, who knows? But it’s an interesting world we live in where studios can ask us to fund the movies we want to see, and we pay up in these unbelievable amounts. Are we being duped or finally having a voice in making the movies we want?
Do you think we’ll ever get more Firefly from Whedon? What do you think of feature films funded through crowdsourcing?
Source: Topless Robot