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.