Will Kickstarter Give Us More Firefly?

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Just as we started our ReWatch series with staff writer Seth’s pilot recap in the batch, news explodes that Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell want to do a Veronica Mars movie with the help of the fans and Kickstarer. As fans ourselves, we couldn’t help similarly exploding.

This all comes smack in the middle of the South by Southwest Music/Film/Interactive Festival, during which another notable Television geek beacon (geekon?) was screening and answering questions about his latest movie. During the Q&A for Much Ado About Nothing, Joss was asked if he would be revisiting The Verse and the Serenity crew.  ”I’m just waiting for someone from Fox or Universal to ask, and they haven’t,” was his reply. But in light of the new launch to Veronica Mars, fans are wondering if Fox or Universal need to ask anything at all.

It’s no surprise then that BuzzFeed’s Adam B. Vary – who interviewed Whedon not only this year at SXSW, but also last year for Cabin in the Woods – was quick to follow up with him while the voices were ringing from the rafters for a crowd-sourced trip to Neptune. This evening, BuzzFeed has Vary’s follow up questions to Whedon, who says, “It doesn’t just open the floodgates.”

When asked about his initial reaction to this news, Whedon had this to say:

It was unfettered joy. A) I thought it was an awesome and ballsy move. B) I love V. Mars and want more of it. And C) It feels like a real game-changer. Like, not since Louis C.K. [selling his comedy special directly online].

In short, he reacted the same way we did.

But does that mean we’ll get more Firefly sooner rather than later? Probably not. “I’m booked up by Marvel for the next three years,” he said, “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.”

So while we can start predicting what new life on Mars will be like, the Browncoats once again heave a plaintive sigh as we wait for the perfect chain of events to set off another course with the Serenity crew. But we’ll keep dreaming, and I for one will continue to delight in the number of space-related puns I was able to slip in before it got too unbearable.

Check out the full interview over at BuzzFeed. And let us know in the comments what you think! Is it time for more Firefly, or should we focus our fan fervor on brighter stars?

  • http://twitter.com/TrillianBlack Trillian Black

    Although I’d be the first in the movie theater to see the next Firefly movie, I think it’s also worth remembering that the budget for Serenity was 39 million Dollars (according to Wikipedia). So SciFi Shows are probably not the first to be resurrected by kickstarter.
    It might work for other shows though: Rob Thomas just said in an interview on Hitfix.com that the creator of Pushing Daisies has contacted him to talk about how all of this works. :)

    • kteelee

      Oh man, that’s super exciting! I would love to see more Pushing Daisies.