While Joss Whedon does want to make another movie with the original cast of Firefly and Serenity (give or take a couple), his standing contract with Marvel and Fillion’s contract with Castle will keep the concept of another movie flying around in the air for at least another three years.
This comes as no surprise to long-term Browncoats and Whedonites, as everyone knows conflicting contracts are what’s keeping another movie grounded. It has never been about interest, as Whedon, Fillion, and everyone else has always wanted to expand on the universe they have built.
What does come as a surprise is the success of the Veronica Mars: The Movie Kickstarter, which reached over $2.5 million in 24 hours. Go Veronica! Naturally, the success of the Mars movie brought Firefly and Serenity back to the minds of fans the world over. If it could work for Veronica Mars, couldn’t it work for Firefly/Serenity? As always, the answer is yes and no.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Whedon shares his thoughts about the Veronica Mars movie and the future of Firefly/Serenity.
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.
Whedon goes on to talk about how Firefly/Serenity is a different breed of animal compared to Veronica Mars. Even given the chance at another movie, he would have to figure out what kind of animal it is and what it’s capable of before he runs the risk of letting the fans down.
We come to Veronica Mars to hear her talk and hear her father talk. But Firefly/Serenity, it’s kind of a different animal — and then there’s also the question of what kind of animal it is. Because some people are talking about Firefly episodes. Some people are talking about [a new] Serenity. I think anything we could get off the ground would be appreciated by the fans. But what form it would take is I think under some debate.
For me, [Kickstarter] doesn’t just open the floodgates. God knows, things are cheaper now than when we made even Serenity. Good effects can be done in a different manner. Nor is that universe all about spectacle either. But it is a tad more expensive — and a little all-consuming! And of course, there’s the other fear: What if it’s not that good? I can do something that’s not that good — that’s fine. But if I do that and it’s not that good, I’m going to feel really stupid.
Because I’m too busy to deal with it, I did have a moment of just, Oh my god! I’m in trouble now. I’ve always said, “Yes, I’d love to do another one,” and it’s still true. But I sort of got slapped in the face with it. Or probably will.
You can read the full interview here.
What exactly does this mean for Firefly/Serenity? Well, nothing really. It’s a little more confirmation that Whedon hasn’t forgotten about the series he once held dear and that the fans shouldn’t give up hope just yet either. The early planning stages wouldn’t even be able to start until his contract with Marvel is over. And with the success of the first Avengers film, they may want to hold onto him for as long as possible.
But as the great Shepherd Book once said, maybe it’s time to bring the word to them as need it told.