A lot of people tell me, on a variety of issues, that I should just 'get over it' (aside wink to certain forum goers). It's probably good advice that I ignore as if it had been told to me by a telephone solicitor. So, when your first inclination at my mention of long dead television martyr Firefly is to suggest that I get over it, I happily retort that you should feel free to stick your head in a bucket, preferably one filled with something repulsive and sticky.For those of you remaining unsoiled, I'm happy to report that Joss Whedon is hard at work making deals and writing a script to bring Firefly to the big screen. And, surprisingly, it seems that such a deal is not "a crazed pipe dream." Read on from the scoop from Sci-Fi Wire.
From the word of Whedon as relayed through Sci-Fi.com ...
Whedon said that any deal for a Firefly movie would be contingent on getting the original cast back as the crew of the space transport ship Serenity. "Well, I can't just keep putting them on [The WB's] Angel," he joked. "So I have to make a Firefly movie so I can hang out with them more. Yes, the deal is contingent upon the cast." Firefly starred Nathan Fillion as Capt. Mal Reynolds. Whedon added, "I couldn't go so far as to jinx [the deal] and say it's in the bag. It's not. I still have to write it really well [groans]. But there's no pressure."
When it comes to this show, I'm a hopeless romantic (or as it's known in the modern vernacular - a fanboi). The news that Joss is simply not willing to go quietly into that good night, is encouraging on a variety of levels. I'm not merely enthusiastic at the thought that Firefly might return, which is really secondary to the promise of a well written story, but that one of television's up and coming talents is not just passionate about his fame, or his bank account, but that he believes in the value of quality work. So often in an industry of focus groups and Nielsen polls, writers and producers will just work on what is bankable (See Reality TV ... or actually don't) instead of a story that motivates them, and thus the audience.
I don't just champion Firefly because I thought it was terrific show, but also because it, its stars, and its creator forcibly bucked the trend for a work they believed in. I know television is a business, and ultimately creativity is entirely slaved to the market and advertising. I'm not totally naive, but it can be argued that a quality product given time will be well received. Ok, maybe I am totally naive, as quality show after quality show falls to Joe Bahcelor Married a Millionaire Idol.
Anyway, it also looks like the Firefly DVD collection is going to be chock full o' goodness.
In the meantime, Whedon said that the upcoming DVD of Firefly will include three unaired episodes, plus "the gag reel, interviews with everybody, commentaries on most of the episodes by cast members and writers and directors and me. ... It's a huge package. It's b-lls-out deluxe, which I'm really proud of."