Firefly Actor Can’t Figure Out Why Joss Whedon Hasn’t Made Serenity 2 Yet

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2012 is the 10-year anniversary of the premiere and cancellation of Firefly, the cult-hit TV series that became a widely popular sci-fi property. The series was so popular in fact, that even after the series’ cancellation, Universal Studios gave Joss Whedon $39 million to make a full-length feature film titled Serenity in 2005. Seven years after its release in theaters, fans are still waiting for a sequel.

In an interview, Sean Maher, who played Dr. Simon Tam on Firefly, discussed his surprise that Joss Whedon doesn’t have plans for a Serenity 2. Maher admits,

You know, I’m one of those people. When I see him, I’m like, “I don’t get it. Aren’t you like king of the world right now? Can’t you do anything? And I know we can’t do another show. I get that. A television show would be very tricky with all of our availability, and I don’t think that’s in the realm of possibility. But what about another movie? You just shot ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in 12 days. You’re kind of amazing at that. You made that happen.” I wish I could wrap my head around it a little more. So when people ask me if there’s another one, I say, “You know, I don’t think so, but I don’t know, and I kind of don’t understand why.”

It’s clear that Firefly fans want a Serenity sequel. Considering The Avengers is now the third highest grossing film of all-time, there was a thought that its director Joss Whedon was an unstoppable force in Hollywood and would have carte blanche with whatever project he’d want to do as a follow-up. Who knows if a Serenity sequel is just over the horizon or if Whedon is too busy getting the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series and The Avengers sequel together. Needless to say, it’s amazing how much content was mined from only 14 episodes of a 10-year-old defunct sci-fi TV series.

In the meantime, there is plenty to tide over Browncoats. Firefly has spawned a continuing comic book series, action figures, and hopefully, a new animated TV series. There’s always the original TV series and movie to re-watch again and again. But the sentiment of the TV series’ theme song – “You can’t take the sky from me.” – seems to linger in the minds of Browncoats around the world, which is why we are so staunch in wanting more from the ‘verse.


  1. gloomer says:

    A sequel with so many dead? Was the first movie just a dream?

  2. In the book of the making of Serenity, Joss Whedon said that Wash could show up in a sequel. He didn’t say how, though. Being, you know, dead.

  3. aka says:

    C’mon Joss. Do it. Doooooooooooooooo iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.

    You know you wanna…

  4. Starbug says:

    just unwrite the deaths in Serenity. The fans won’t mind. The critics might but I don’t recall the day they kept Firefly from ending after its first season, so… heh. Just write it off as a dream or (and i like this idea better, personally) just bring everyone back and completely avoid explaining it. just take a fun little poke at to acknowledge it and everyone can move on without the loss of life. Okay that last part could’ve been misinterpreted as threatening but you know what i mean. 🙂

    Whedon in that great reunion panel recently said something to the effect of the world of firefly is more than the sum of its episodes, its a living thing that survives in its creators and fans, alike. We’ve all made it our world. and I don’t think any of us wants to live in a world without these characters, without Wash and Book… And I also would like to believe if just for a moment that the writers, actors and especially the fans are just too damned stubborn to let ’em go.

  5. Yeah like there’s not much left of the crew to make another movie with eh? Unless they go with a whole new crew, which could be exciting. But after knowing the original characters so well, wouldn’t be the same.

  6. So you do the origin story with the original crew–losing the war, escaping to a life of brigandage. Sounds ideal to me; better, in fact, than the Serenity I movie.

    • lancejedi says:

      yet somehow they are all fatter and older? If they did that they would have to reboot with newer faces…my vote is to continue the saga with two more movies and complete the series (trilogy)….still alot of ends not tied up they could deal with Niska and Saffron….maybe even Jubal.

  7. craig starsky says:

    to paraphrase from a not-so-decent film (ST 5): “Let Joss do SOMETHING.” I don’t even care if it’s that straight-to-DVD pipe dream we’ve all heard about. Not ready to hang up my browncoat and holster yet.