Fox wants more Firefly!
Well, of course they do. The shortlived cowboy space opera is one of the most enduring icons of geek culture, and remains popular almost fifteen years after it initially aired on television.
It’s also gone on to become one of the biggest embarrassments of all time for Fox (which is saying something), and it no doubt still stings President of Entertainment David Madden to think that what could have been the biggest show of the decade was cancelled after only a handful of episodes.
This being the case, it’s no surprise at all to hear that Madden is very eager to bring Firefly back to television, with or without its original cast if necessary.
There’s just one big problem: Joss Whedon.
The creator of Firefly has since gone on to win widespread acclaim for movies like The Avengers and its sequel, meaning that he’s a lot busier these days. What’s more, after repeatedly seeing his shows cancelled by Fox, Whedon is understandably less than enthusiastic about working with the television network again, if he can avoid it.
According to Madden, despite the appeal of getting Firefly back onto TV, Fox is incredibly hesitant to do so without Whedon’s direct involvement – after all, it’s Whedon himself that made the original series a hit, and fans would no doubt reject any attempt to revitalize the brand without its creator on board.
Of course, there’s very little chance that Whedon would agree to put his beloved show back in the hands of Fox. The acclaimed director has stated that something broke inside him when Firefly was cancelled, and that he lost a lot of his optimism and joy when he was forced to halt production on his labor of love.
So for the moment, it seems, no matter how desperate Fox might be to get Firefly back on the air, it’s probably not going to happen.
Joss Whedon is done being used and abused by the corporate entertainment giant. He might not be actively working on new Firefly episodes, but he’s still flying, and that’s all that matters.