Firefly Reboot Rumors Soar Like a Leaf

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Firefly Reboot Rumors Soar Like a Leaf

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Joss Whedon and the Science Channel have both expressed interest in a Firefly reboot.

This is purely speculation so take it for what it's worth, but speaking at the San Diego Comic Con this past Friday, Firefly creator Joss Whedon expressed interest in "rebooting" the late, lamented sci-fi television series, with what some people said was a very real air of seriousness. The plan, if such a plan is in place, is to bring back the entire original cast - all of it - and start over from scratch.

"The opening sequence [of the Firefly reboot] is a conversation between Wash and Book," he said during a panel featuring members of the cast and crew. His comment apparently caught the cast members sitting with him by surprise, leading him to ask Nathan Fillion, "Have I never talked to you about this?"

The whole thing has the distinct ring of a joke to it, reinforced by his remark about opening the reboot with Wash and Book (not to mention a later crack about casting Zac Effron as Simon), but giving strength to the "maybe true" side of the argument is Science Channel General Manager Debbie Myers, who after learning of Whedon's professed interest in bringing back the series, told him, "We can help you with that!"

Was Whedon being serious? If he wasn't being serious, will Myers' obvious interest push him into the realm of seriousness? There are obvious logistical stumbling blocks - Fillion appears to be doing pretty well for himself these days with Castle, for one thing - and as Serenity demonstrated, the Firefly fan base is noisy but niche. But the advent of specialty networks in the zillion-channel universe means the potential for niche television shows to flourish is much greater today than it was even just ten years ago. We won't know for sure until Whedon and/or the Science Channel says for certain one way or the other, but anything is possible - and more possible now than ever.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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Zac Effron as Simon is too terrible a call really...

I'm hoping this is true, but I'm not gonna get too worked up over it.

Not. Going. To. Happen.

Would be nice, but firefly is over.

Braedan:
Not. Going. To. Happen.

Would be nice, but firefly is over.

Yup. People need to just get over it--not the show, but the idea of a series. It was a long time ago. It's done. Finished. End of. No more. Ever.

It wouldn't be Firefly without Nathan Fillion.

Oh i wish, i wish it were true.

But broadcast times or ill keep my hopes securely down.

why reboot it? to bring wash and book back after the movie that killed them off?

often wondered why scifi did not snap up the chance to make firefly when the cast,fans and joss himself were amped to do it. seems a bit late to jump on the bandwagon, especially when i have seen "brown coats" seem to think that firefly, is done anyway at this point and have given up.

If you really want to reboot the whole thing new actors would be in order, i love the cast, but some of them have moved on, some are just getting older, summer i have a hard time seeing her playing a 15 or 16 yo girl or w/e she was in the show.

I kinda hope they do it, but if they do make it a clean reboot, explore the ideas in the series that your dropped in favor of the move.

I would watch it. I do have to laugh at the people who complain about people still wanting it though. Because it hurts them so bad that there are fans that want something...

Clearing the Eye:

Braedan:
Not. Going. To. Happen.

Would be nice, but firefly is over.

Yup. People need to just get over it--not the show, but the idea of a series. It was a long time ago. It's done. Finished. End of. No more. Ever.

Exactly.

Besides, one of the reasons I loved that show so much was because it didn't go on long enough to get crap. I'd rather have what I've got, and think it perfect, than get more of it and have the rest be substandard.

Like clockwork: New comic game announced, new Marvel movie clips being previewed, same old Firefly resurrected rumor. It's Comic Con, people...

I think there is a notable weight behind the idea of the opening sequence being Book and Wash.

On account that theyre both dead.

Judging from whatr I will personally call an astounding success with the Avengers, he could do
it.

It would answer the question as to whether Firefly is good because it was good, or because it got cancelled.

I will see how this soars with interest.

HNope they would bring back mostelly the original cast

kinda not wanting this to happen...

but maybe that's because i keep walking into old exs recently...

some things are better left to memory and fantasy.

The don't understand it being the Science Channel.

I know Firefly is Science Fiction, but isn't the Science Channel mostly documentaries and the like?

The problem with Firefly was the cost per viewer was to high. Sci-Fi is always going to be more expensive to make than non sci-fi, so it has to get higher viewer figurers than the average to justify the additional cost. Serenity cost $39 million to make and took $38 million at the box office, I suspect there would be a small profit once all the dvd sales came in. The numbers aren't there to make Firefly viable.

FelixG:
I would watch it. I do have to laugh at the people who complain about people still wanting it though. Because it hurts them so bad that there are fans that want something...

Kinda can't help but agree with you there.

Back to the topic, I think it's a great idea. The original series was magnificent, my favorite tv series and In my eyes the best tv series, the only reason I didn't want another season is that Serenity saw the end of two of the best characters to ever hit the screen. But a reboot, now that shows some potential. I'd like to see the series start over again from scratch, cover the first season, perhaps even cover the movie, then expand on the ideas, plot-points and themes that were set up during the show's overly-short stint.
This could be fantastic people, not gonna lie. And it helps that despite what everyone says, not a one of the cast members is "too old" to play their roll and I doubt anyone has moved on from Firefly, not really if you let Firefly into your heart like us fans you'll realise that there's no leaving it behind, that verse is just too strong.

I have serious doubts about whether they can recreate what they had before. Some of the cast have moved on to bigger and better things and they may not bring the same enthusiasm they had before.

I'm mixed on this...

Let's face it, Firefly is considered as good as it is in no small part BECAUSE there have been less than 10 episodes. It never got a chance to grow stale and the circumstances of its cancellation gave it a mythical quality that's only added to its popularity. I'm not saying the show would have been bad, just that we can't just assume it would have been the best thing ever. Also, while Whedon is good at his job, he's hardly perfect. See Dollhouse, which I personally liked but the show was a mess. Yes, he hits more than he misses, but still...

On the other hand, there's a distinct lack of sci-fi lately, to the point where it's getting VERY annoying. In fact, it's been ages since there's been a good sci-fi show on. Nothing major since BSG, and that sucked balls in the last few seasons. Sure, there's been some sci-fi "lite" in things like Fringe, but Fringe is also balls by this point. I'd kill for a decent sci-fi right about now. Heck, I'd kill for a mediocre one.

All in all, I'd say leave Firefly be and start a new show, or at most, a spinoff. Better for everyone...

I don't know. As much as I'd love this to happen (and hope it does), I still think they should test it out (maybe rerun the original series on a big channel). I do think that with the recent game of thrones explosion that IMO opened a lot of the TV audience to fantasy, this might with enough push do the same for science fiction. Then if it gets a big enough new following, maybe do a reboot.

Toasty Virus:
Zac Effron as Simon is too terrible a call really...

While I feel like I'm explaining the joke, its already been done. In the episode Safe it flashes back to a young Simon and River with Simon played by Zac Effron.

Personally I'm against it. While it was a good series and a great film, its far too late to bring it back and all the fans would end up hating it anyway because of the pedestal they put it on. Now another sequel to Farscape on the other hand...

Jandau:
On the other hand, there's a distinct lack of sci-fi lately, to the point where it's getting VERY annoying. In fact, it's been ages since there's been a good sci-fi show on. Nothing major since BSG, and that sucked balls in the last few seasons. Sure, there's been some sci-fi "lite" in things like Fringe, but Fringe is also balls by this point. I'd kill for a decent sci-fi right about now. Heck, I'd kill for a mediocre one.

Personally I blame BSG itself. It pretty much removed what, for me anyway, is a lot of the fun of sci-fi by trying to be realistic and "Gritty". This means that companies are now scared to do more of the fun sci-fi mixing the "Theory expanded to ludicrous point" and "Science is Magic".

A rumor like a leaf in the wind?

Countdown to Whedon skewering that leaf like a reaver: 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

I'd love for this to happen, and for it to be as good, or even surpass, the first season, but the chances of it happening are slim. And lets face it, if it's anything less than perfect people will be raging for years.

Give it up guys. It was fun but it wasn't meant to last even if it hadn't been cancelled. This isn't your generation's Star Trek, it's just an above average TV show that was only sweet for its brevity. None of you would be as big and rabid of fans as you are if this had lasted 5 seasons, James Marsters was brought in to replace someone, Simon turned out to be gay, and River is a floating head on a backscreen sending psychic visions to Wash.

LET. IT. GO.

To those of you who say that Firefly's brevity is the only reason people liked it, if the quality of those episodes was maintained, then people still would have liked it. Yeah, they won't ALL be that good, some will be worse, but some will likely be better. I think that a lot of people liked all of the setup and potential that the show had, exploring Shepard's past, tension between Mal and Inara, Kaylee and Simon, River just in general, Mal's hatred for the alliance. It had the potential to be an interesting multifaceted story, had a well told beginning, and was shut down. To assume that the quality would drop and the story would become nonsensical just because the show continued is unreasonable and is a bit of an insult for the writers.

As much as I would love to see the good version of Firefly, the one that wasn't created piecemeal episode by episode, everyone involved with it have moved on to other projects and probably too busy to start it up again. Nathan Fillion does well enough on Castle. Gina Torres, Adam Baldwin, and Summer Glau are busy enough to probably prevent a new series from happening. Everyone else gets plenty of work and are too old to play the roles on that show anymore.

Sorry, but being shown out of order was not the problem. Not having a focus from episode 1 was. If Joss Whedon spent more time fleshing out that universe, something he should have done regardless of commitment from the network, it would have worked. If he had a clearer idea of the final episode and built towards it from episode 1, it would have been better. Had he done more than relied on a clever concept and cutesy poo dialog to carry the story, the show would have lasted longer than 10 aired episodes.

Go ahead, please explain to me for the hundredth time why I'm wrong. Apparently, I'm not tired of hearing that. If you do, please don't tell me to see the series again. I've seen it enough times to get to this understanding.

I'm sure it will not happen, but I would absolutely watch every single episode if it did.

Clearing the Eye:

Braedan:
Not. Going. To. Happen.

Would be nice, but firefly is over.

Yup. People need to just get over it--not the show, but the idea of a series. It was a long time ago. It's done. Finished. End of. No more. Ever.

*Cough* Half Life Episode 3 *Cough*

OT, I've never seen Firefly, though, it's on the list of reasons to get Netflix
I sounds to me like something that may come back, and tick the ever living fanboyism out of all the diehard fans.
See Duke Nukham Forever for an example.

I liked Firefly a lot. In fact, it's one of my favorite shows, and the fact that Fox canceled it is almost criminal.

Yet, I don't want to see any reboots or continuations. I don't understand Browncoat's obsession with this show. It was good, it had its run, and it was canceled. I've long since moved on, and it'd be better for everyone if they did the same. I'm not saying totally forget the fun times, but let's just please stop torturing ourselves over Firefly.

jFr[e]ak93:

Clearing the Eye:

Braedan:
Not. Going. To. Happen.

Would be nice, but firefly is over.

Yup. People need to just get over it--not the show, but the idea of a series. It was a long time ago. It's done. Finished. End of. No more. Ever.

*Cough* Half Life Episode 3 *Cough*

OT, I've never seen Firefly, though, it's on the list of reasons to get Netflix
I sounds to me like something that may come back, and tick the ever living fanboyism out of all the diehard fans.
See Duke Nukham Forever for an example.

Joss Whedon is way too brilliant to let something like that happen. If he really did a reboot, it would be good. But on the other hand, its not going to happen. I just think they're having way too much fun stirring up the fanboys (me being one of them)

I'm torn between wanting this and not wanting it. I'm a diehard Firefly fan, but I'm one of those that thinks it should be left alone.

Oh how I wish this were true...
Firefly was so... friggin... excellent. I rewatch it every now and then, and it still holds up, even after a friggin decade. That can't be said for many TV series(with some extremely notable exceptions, mind you), but it can be said for Firefly(and prettymuch everything else Whedon has made, that I've seen, so that's prettymuch everything except Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, both of which I really should get around to watching in the near future).

And as mentioned before, given, that Joss Whedon himself would be at the helm, in all likelyhood it wouldn't suck, if it indeed became a thing once again. So cheers for that.

malestrithe:
As much as I would love to see the good version of Firefly, the one that wasn't created piecemeal episode by episode, everyone involved with it have moved on to other projects and probably too busy to start it up again. Nathan Fillion does well enough on Castle. Gina Torres, Adam Baldwin, and Summer Glau are busy enough to probably prevent a new series from happening. Everyone else gets plenty of work and are too old to play the roles on that show anymore.

I don't know about the rest but I do know that Nathan Fillion has publicly said he'd drop Castle to be in Firefly again.

As for the idea, I have mixed feelings. I would really love it if they begin to make Firefly again, to start from where they left off but if it was a reboot, I'd watch it.

I think with the success of The Avengers Whedon can pretty much get a blank cheque from anyone he wants to make whatever he wants. Im with the mixed feelings crowd, as Id watch any new Firefly in a heartbeat, but with all the actors 10 years older, will the formula still hold up, and will the plot suffer in any way because of it?

So a reboot...only the original cast is older-looking because, you know, time.

I COULD see Zac Efron as Simon...but a new cast would just kill the charm of the original one. I say just let it die. Look at all the videogame franchises that just refused to die and suffered for it (*coughJakandDaxtercough*). Let's learn from that.

Ugh. Do we have to do this every time Joss Whedon says so much as "Malcolm Reynolds"? Every few months there's another stir because someone from Firefly farted or something. All it does is get everyone's hopes up for nothing. Yet every time, articles and discussions pop up all over the internet.

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