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Don’t Hold Your Breath For Firefly Kickstarter, Joss Whedon Says


At ease, Browncoasts. Just because the crowdfunding campaign for a Veronica Mars movie broke Kickstarter records — it’s exceeded its goal by $1.2 million, with 28 days to go! — doesn’t mean you’ll be seeing that Serenity sequel any sooner.

“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,” Joss Whedon told BuzzFeed. “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.”

Beyond that issue of availability, there’s the matter of the budget: Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas thinks he’ll be able to tell his story for about $2 million, a micro-budget by movie standards. However, a Serenity sequel would cost many times that (though, considering technological advancements, it’d likely be considerably less than the estimated $39 million spent on the 2005 original).

“For me, [Kickstarter] doesn’t just open the floodgates,” Whedon said. “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.”

However, the success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter could be a promising sign for another canceled genre show. Maybe?

“… To you Chucksters, believe that this news only bolsters my faith that I can help bring you a #ChuckMovie,” Chuck star Zachary Levi wrote on Twitter. “Be patient. Stay tuned.”

That’s good news, right? Right?


  • Dreggor Gade

    No, a Chuck movie is bad news. (Levi, evidenced by his quotation here, desparately wants a career boost, a movie vehicle for himself, and not fade into voice acting for animation for the rest of his career.) A Fringe movie would be great news, though.

  • Aaron Armstrong

    A Chuck movie could be a very good thing indeed.

  • Fry Cook on Venus

    Is it so bad that Levi would think a “Chuck” film would be a career boost and potential franchise? He’s a working actor. He could do worse. If that’s your only opposition to a “Chuck” film, cut the dude a break.

  • Fry Cook on Venus

    This potentially opens a lot of doors. Chuck, Fringe, Jericho, Pushing Daisies, Now and Again…the list goes on and on of great cult TV shows that either struggled for survival or were canceled before their time. Kickstarter could be a fantastic way for studios to gauge interest in a potential revival while slightly lowering their risk.

    This could also help some concepts that might be on the fence due to studio uncertainty. Not sure about that “A-Team” sequel, for instance? Use Kickstarter to find out just how much people would really be interested.
    If utilized right (and not over-used), this might help studios get feedback and a better idea of what their audiences want to see. It’ll be interesting to see how this works going forward.

  • Shawn D. Hilton

    Firefly fans would love another film, but they’d settle for a 15 minute webisode at this point.

  • Kyle McHenry

    I don’t have any real illusions of another Firefly movie. I would, however, love a Firefly cartoon with proper voice acting and Joss-approved scripting. And, good animation, obviously.

  • AudioComics

    Am SO GLAD you mentioned “Now and Again.” That was an AMAZING show, so well-written, that more tha ndeserved a final episode. And let’s not forget “The Pretender.”

  • Brandon

    I realize just how far I am in the minority with this, but….Heroes. I loved it, and I feel like it deserves a resolution, even if it’s just one more episode.