Firelfy. Ah, Firefly, there’s barely a day goes by where we don’t miss you. And dream that someday you’ll come back to us…
Which is obviously something that was also on EW ‘s mind recently when they caught up with Firlefly’s writer-producer, American Horror Story’s Tim Minear (below). The idea was simple – would Firefly get a second chance (well third, technically)? Now, we must point out that this is purely for fun – there are no plans and, as well as everything else, Capt Mal, Nathan Fillion, is tied to ABC with Castle and the man behind it, Joss Whedon, is involved in a series of movies you may be familiar with about a bunch of Marvel superheroes.
Ok, so now that that’s out of the way, what had Minear in mind.
On getting the series back, Minear said: “I would never foreclose the possibility. In terms of getting the band back together to make a new adventure, who knows? I would love it. But first everybody has their respective projects that limits them from crossing over into other things. It’s just trying to coordinate everybody’s obligations so they could somehow participate.”
If such a miracle were to happen, what form might it take? Given that Firefly lives on in comics, games etc: “It doesn’t have to be 13 episodes. Look how Sherlock does it.
“I think a limited series of some kind would work best. Something like that could also work if, say, 20th could partner with Netflix, or another distributor. It would have its home on Fox, of course [then a second window on streaming]. A limited series would do very well, I bet.”
Why is Firefly so enduring? “The reason Firefly had any afterlife at all is because of … those ancillary markets. Five years after we went off the air is when people discovered us. If we made it five years earlier it might not have happened that way.”
On the topic of if there has been talk of really bringing it back recently, Tim was rather less enthusiastic: “No one has talked to me about it. Joss and I had discussed at some point some kind of spinoff, but that was maybe eight years ago.”