Veronica Mars fans were delighted two weeks ago when the official Kickstarter for the movie adaptation of the cult show met its goal in less than twelve hours. It was one of the rare instances of a very good, beloved property to be resurrected after ending much too soon. Almost immediately after the momentous success, some other geeks and nerds started to wonder, “Could it happen with a Firefly Kickstarter?”
After all, as popular as Veronica Mars was, the cult following behind Firefly is massive and growing all the time. A few years ago, Nathan Fillion said if he won three-hundred-million dollars in the lottery, he would bring the show back. Within days, people were already starting to raise money for him so he could do it. I’m sure that if the Veronica Mars fans could reach $2 million in eleven hours, the Firefly fans could outdo them, if given the chance.
Whedon talked about how this idea with Buzzfeed. Here’s what he had to say.
“So, what does this mean for Firefly?”
“JW: That’s what everybody wants to know about. Uh, yeah. My fourth feeling when I read about [the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign] was a kind of dread. Because I realized the only thing that would be on everybody’s mind right now. I’ve said repeatedly that I would love to make another movie with these guys, and that remains the case. It also remains the case that I’m booked up by Marvel for the next three years, and that I haven’t even been able to get Dr. Horrible 2 off the ground because of that. So I don’t even entertain the notion of entertaining the notion of doing this, and won’t. Couple years from now, when Nathan [Fillion]’s no longer [on] Castle and I’m no longer the Tom Hagen of the Marvel Universe and making a giant movie, we might look and see where the market is then. But right now, it’s a complete non-Kickstarter for me.”
It’s hard to argue with him on that. The first Avengers film made over a billion dollars and it was praised by critics and fans alike. I’m the sure the studio had to make him an offer he wouldn’t refuse in order to make him stay on for The Avengers 2 and the S.H.I.E.L.D. tv show. (Yes, I made that Godfather pun on purpose.) We should also keep in mind that he was signed on for this before the VM Kickstarter made this idea a possibility. As a big fan of Firefly and Serenity, I would love to see those characters return to the screen in some form, but I don’t want to have to choose between a Firefly reunion movie and a really good sequel to The Avengers. I love those characters too.
I do want to see Malcolm Reynolds and his crew back in action again, but if I have to wait a few years for it to happen, I will.
What do you think of the idea for a Firefly Kickstarter? Would you donate to it if it existed? Do you think that it should be Whedon’s next project, after the Avengers? Why don’t you just tell us what you think in the comments below?