Geeks have known how talented Joss Whedon is for decades, but the masses haven’t really embraced most of his work… until now. He directed The Avengers and that’s not just a success, it’s the most successful movie ever made. For Joss Whedon that success will translate into power, power to get the money he needs to do pretty much whatever he wants for his next project.
Right now he’s pondering whether he wants to direct The Avengers 2, and he’s not entirely sure he wants to do it. What’s the holdup? In large part it’s because he feels it’s someone else’s story. Whedon says of whether he’ll do The Avengers 2, “You know, I’m very torn. It’s an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story, even though I feel like I did get to put myself into it.”
That seems to indicate that, maybe, he’d rather be telling one of his own stories. And of his stories, there’s no story he’d rather tell than the ones he’s been telling in the world of Firefly. In a recent interview with the LA Times Whedon had this to say about his love of the Firefly universe, “You know, I love all my raggedy children, but if I could be anywhere, I’d be on board Serenity.”
Even if Whedon decides to do Avengers 2, that movie is still at least three years away from production. There’s plenty of time for him to do something else in between. If you’re a science fiction fan, what you’re probably asking right now is… any chance Joss Whedon uses his newfound clout to make a sequel to Serenity?
That’s not as farfetched a notion as it might seem. Though the Serenity movie was a box office flop it made a lot of money on DVD and, since Joss Whedon is now the director of Avengers, there’s little doubt he could get the money he needs to make another Serenity movie or maybe even convince some network to restart the Firefly TV series. But would he?
Whedon says if he could be anywhere he’d be on the Serenity and right now Joss Whedon can be anywhere. He can do anything he wants for his next project. It may well be that he wants to start something new, now that he has the freedom to do whatever he wants, and that would make perfect sense. But he could also decide he really does want to get back on board the Serenity. If he does, we’ll be right there with him.