It was like someone tried to unite all the planets under a central alliance yesterday when news hit the web that Ripple Junction, the official licensed makers of the “Jayne hat” from Firefly, had sent cease and desist letters to small-time producers who’ve been cranking out the homemade head gear and selling them online and at conventions for years.
Comparatively, Ripple Junction has only been selling the hats since last year, a full 10 years after the series ended, so the people that launched the Jayne hat cottage industry were understandably pissed. Their rights were being trampled on, and they need some big damn heroes to stand up and rebel. Some Browncoats, if you will.
Fortunately for fans, many former members of the cast and crew of Firefly are very active on Twitter, and naturally in appealing for help they went to the top and started with the Captain, the artist formally known as Malcolm Reynolds, Nathan Fillion. And although his response was rather cryptic, Fillion’s intention was fairly clear when he Tweeted:
I like to think there’s a little bit of Malcolm Reynolds in all of us. But especially me.
Well isn’t that adorable. Even a blood-sucking lawyer would have a hard time serving a C&D on those Jayne-hat wearing fans.
But what about the Hero of Canton himself, AKA: Adam Baldwin? What words of support does he have to offer fans?
So there is solidarity on the internet. Clearly, the people trying to step on the little guy making Jayne hats under-estimated the fan commitment to their favorite head gear. Of course, if they hadn’t it wouldn’t have taken someone a decade to realize there was a market for such a chapeau, but I digress.
Yesterday the Fireflyreunion panel happened – Nerd Bastards was at the following press conference, were you? – and it’s being hailed as one of those truly magical Comic-Con moments. It was a heartwarming, tearful, hilarious celebration of one our favorite science fiction shows, and those who were in attendance will have a great convention story to share.
Now we will too, sorta, if you fudge the details and leave out the part where you didn’t see it live but rather later on YouTube. Yup, thanks to TFAW the whole panel has been uploaded.
While the packed panel for the Science Channel’s 10th Anniversary Firefly panel seems like it was high on tears and reminiscence from both fans and the cast, the press conference that followed seemed a bit more cold and focused on the big question: is there any way we will ever get more Firefly?
Our Steven Sautter was there and has the following report. If you want to know what went on at the Firefly panel, go to HitFix and read Alan Sepinwall’s live-blog. We would have been at the panel ourselves, but lines are long and Comic-Con is big.
On the value of the “Warrior Woman” trope in geek culture and what Firefly says to women:
Joss Whedon: Everything I do is going to contain the message that men who are going to be comfortable with powerful women are going to be more powerful men. They’re all going to have different energies, but the difference is the way you paint life. We covered enough bases.
On if the cast looks back at the show and see’s more now than hey did before:
Alan Tudyk: I just rewatched them again. And uh, no.
Nathan Fillion: It’s hard to pick up on it when you’re fast-forwarding everyone else’s lines.
Alan Tudyk: I watched “War Stories”. Listening to the commentaries, I had more knowledge back then. My memories are like blurry photographs. I love the show almost more now because it’s pure.
On the possibility of a Firefly video game:
Joss Whedon: It lends itself to an MMO, but I also still think the series should still be on the air.
On the notion of a reboot:
Joss Whedon: Yes, we need a younger cast. Captain Andrew Garfiled.
Sean Maher:Zac Efron as the Doctor
Joss Whedon: We’d have to shoot it with my phone. But these phones are getting good.
On a possible Serenity sequel in the style of Blake’s 7:
Joss Whedon: I don’t believe in evil twins and clones in that universe. You have to move forward. And by that I mean an intricate flashback sequel. The opened scene would be a conversation between Wash and Book
On possible future plans comic book continuations?
Alan Tudyk: I had a story, but..oh no. Some of my story got told. Patton Oswald wrote it. Mine got told, what are you guys doing?
Adam Baldwin: My guy didn’t fair so well.
Nathan Fillion: It’s hard for me to say I want more. I got a lot out of the show. I got a group of friends, I got a movie…
On a future animated return to the verse:
Nathan Fillion: I think that’s pretty cool. It’d be easy. You don’t even have to shower.
Joss Whedon: You can shower.
Nathan Fillion: There’s a water shortage in LA.
On if the show might fare better today — in the age of social media:
Adam Baldwin: Nope. You need a network that shows the pilot first!
Alan Tudyk: But there are more revenue streams..
Adam Baldwin: Make something for the internet?(Looks at Joss)
On Firefly’s less than Utopian view of the future:
Joss Whedon: I don’t have any faith in the future of mankind. But I have faith in my friends and their ability to band together. I don’t think we’re going to band together and solve problems.
There is a scheduled panel for the Firefly10 year reunion including the entire cast and our nerd lord and master, show creator Joss Whedon. Don’t get your hopes up, there won’t be any announcements or breaking news about a new Firefly movie, or television show, or Broadway musical, at best there maybe a book or new comic book story line series.
Even without the faintest hope that the franchise might get some rebirth, this will be one of the hottest panels at the show this year. You should just get in line after getting your badge, or just get in the line now forming.
Hmm, Broadway musical. Yeah I’d buy a ticket to see that.
Producer Joel Silver has been spending the last several years of his career pushing for a remake to 1976’s Logan’s Run, in which everyone lives in a hedonistic society where you live till the age of 30. Bryan Singer , Carl Erik Rinsch and James McTeigue were names pegged to direct, but all three bailed. Bronson and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn was eventually secured. He brought with him Drive star Ryan Gosling to play Logan 5, the “Sandman” turned runner in the 23rd century.
Now there is a new writer on the film: Andrew Baldwin
Baldwin, who gained notoriety with 2008’s Black List (the top film screenplays that went un-produced) with The West is Dead and wrote the still-unproduced Red Asphalt for Lionsgate, has been hired to pen a new draft of the script. Veteran writer Alex Garland had originally completed a draft of Logan’s Run and Will Beall worked on a rewrite shortly after Refn became part of the project, but obviously the script must not have been up to snuff with Baldwin being brought in.
Andrew will have plenty of time to develop this new draft since Refn is busy with his next upcoming project, the Thailand-set Only God Forgives, which Gosling also stars.
The Hollywood Reporter has stated there is no clear date on just when Logan’s Run will begin production, but Refn has expressed interest in moving forward as soon as next spring.
The original Logan’s Run, based on a novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, was released in 1976 and takes place in the future–2274, to be precise. At some point before the movie, there was a terrible disaster that forced the survivors of mankind to kick it biodome-style in Washington, D.C. In a clear case of taking the old adage, “Never trust anyone over 30,” the law states that when you turn 30, you get capped. And to keep you from lying about your age, at birth everyone is implanted with a little jewel-like nub in their palms. The Lifeclock, as it’s called, changes color as the person ages.
Those who don’t want to willingly take a dirt nap are called Runners, who are hunted down and terminated by the Sandmen. Logan is one of them. Anyhow, it’s a real uplifting flick. I can see this being an exception to anti-reboot movement. Especially with Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling attached.
One of the things I hate most about being a nerd, besides being socially awkward among females, is dealing with the naive-ness of other nerds. A photo. An off handed comment or any other bit of loose information and good lord do nerds come up with some ridiculous speculations and theories. Which then, of course trickles down the nerd intelligence scale and we have lower species of nerds telling other nerds news that isn’t true. It’s a vicious, eye twitching cycle that most stop. Honestly, it’s my job as a blogger to report rumors as there may be a bit of truth to them But, y’all would save me a lot of work if you just calmed the hell down and contained yourselves.
What am I getting at? Well, Nathan Fillion tweeted a photo yesterday that tickled the collective taint of the nerd world. It showed Joss Whedon, Adam Baldwin, Alan Tudyk, and himself posed in what appears to be a forest. Does it mean a new Firefly project (*gasps)? A precursor to the next installment of Dr. Horrible? Or could they be filming cameos in Whedon’s ‘The Cabin in the woods‘? These are the questions Whedon fans have been posing. Honestly nerds? I expected more from you than this. (*takes a deep breath) Fillion is under contract with ABC, and isn’t likely to have any projects cooking with another network. Whedon is re-working Marvel’s film adaptation of The Avengers script and will be in the director chair soon. Tudyk is filming a bit part in Transformers 3. Not to mention his character in Firefly is dead. And, Adam Baldwin? Well, he’s just busy being Adam Baldwin. Point is the ex-serenity crew are all too caught up in other things to be doing anything together big or small screen related. What were they doing then? I know it’s hard to beileve, but what we have here is four guys hanging out at a Fillion hosted party. Ex Buffy and Angel star Juliet Landau (Drusilla) confirmed this with the following tweet: “Just left party! Was so fun to hang out with @NathanFillion, Joss, Kai, Adam, Eliza and a whole bunch of new folks”. So nerds, there you have it. Four friends hanging out. It happens.
Now, will someone please tell me what the hell is going on with Nathan Fillions crotch? Is that a sparkler or did his penis just create a new galaxy?