Earlier this week, we reported that the creator of the cult (and cancelled) TV series Veronica Mars was launching a Kickstarter to possibly fund a Veronica Mars spin-off film—the goal was to raise $2 million in 30 days which, if accomplished, Warner Bros. agreed to market and distribute the film. It was an interesting notion, certainly. Then, in just under 12 hours, the Kickstarter already generated well over $2 million, allowing for the once-dead series to come back to life via a film. This raises all sorts of new questions—can fans now fund their beloved but little-watched TV series’ in order to keep them on the air? Can cancelled-before-their-time TV shows be given fan-funded professional films? And of course, the biggie: for the love of God, does this mean Joss Whedon can do another Firefly/ Serenity movie?
Whedon’s beloved sci-fi western series Firefly aired a scant 14 episodes on Fox in 2002 before getting the axe due to low ratings, and received and excellent film spin-off called Serenity. And then…nothing. So now that movie crowd-funding for cult properties seems to be a potentially viable movie-making exercise, can we expect more from the Firefly universe?
Whedon himself has spoken out on the subject, and said that aside from feeling “unfettered joy” at the news of more Veronica Mars, also felt “a kind of dread” because “I realized the only thing that would be on everybody’s mind right now.” He continued:
“Because 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.”
/Film also notes that while $2 million might fund a Veronica Mars movie, Serenity cost $39 million.
So, what do we come away with here? A Serenity film may indeed be possible (if not super likely) sometime in the distant future, once Whedon has finished his tenure with Marvel and cranked out at least one more Dr. Horrible film. Translation? Don’t hold your breath.
What do you think of the Whedon news?