With the emergence of popular TV shows returning from cancellation, most recently with Arrested Development on Netflix, there will always be an interest in seeing the short-lived TV series Firefly return in any form, whether it be a new season of TV or a sequel film to Serenity. As long as there are Browncoats who believe that Firefly will rise again, the cast and crew of the sci-fi TV series will always be asked if such a return could still be in the cards. Unfortunately, Firefly star Nathan Fillion doesn’t sound optimistic.
Now that Joss Whedon has become one of the most important directors in Hollywood thanks to the breakout success of The Avengers last summer, many have wondered if new Firefly might a realistic possibility. That, of course, ignores the many scheduling and practical obstacles that still stand in the way. In an interview with HitFix, Fillion was blunt and honest, calling a Firefly resurrection an “impossibility.” But he then adds that he once thought the movie Serenity was an “impossibility,” and he would never count Joss out. So maybe there’s a small glimmer of hope after all (but probably not).
Whedon recently said if there was a Firefly return, that it wouldn’t be the same as the original TV series. He also added that he’s far too busy dealing with the production of The Avengers 2, launching the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series for Disney and ABC, and overseeing the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two to think about anything else, including Firefly.
If Firefly were to return, the earliest we could watch a new season or movie would probably be in 2017, after Whedon completes his run with Marvel with The Avengers 2. That’s 15 years after Firefly was initially canceled in 2002, and 12 years after the release of Serenity. Is that too long to have a successful comeback?
You can watch Fillion’s full video interview with HitFix’s Drew McWeeny below: