When Nathan Fillion announced yesterday he'd love to step into the tight pants of Capt. "Mal" Reynolds again, we of course liked the idea, but also thought ... well, what's the chance of that? But today, now that a couple of Firefly writers chimed in to say they'd also climb on board a new Firefly in a heartbeat, we're instead asking—could there really be a chance of that?
This all started when James Hibberd of Inside TV asked Fillion whether, if Fox admitted it screwed up by canceling the series and invited him and Joss Whedon to give it another try, he would. Fillion responded by saying yes, but that he was wary:
Yes. Yes. I would examine very closely Fox's reasoning—I'm a little gun-shy. If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.
Today, a couple of heavy Firefly hitters popped up to say, sign us up, too!
First, Jose Molina, who is the executive producer of Haven and wrote the Firefly episodes "Trash" and "Ariel," tweeted a few hours ago that "For what it's worth, I've told him I'd drop what I was doing and follow."
Replying to Molina, Jane Espenson, who is the co-creator of Syfy's Warehouse 13 and wrote the "Shindig" episode of Firefly, added, "I'm there, if needed."
Could these three—and the other actors and creators whom we bet will pop up to add their voices over the next couple of days—convince Fox to pick up the series again? It's doubtful, but we can always dream ...
Meanwhile, how about the $300 million Fillion mentioned with which he hoped to buy the rights to the show? Any chance of that happening? Well, it looks like the Browncoats have assembled in an attempt to pull it off.
The fan campaign has already started over at Help Nathan Buy Firefly and Facebook to try to raise the big bucks needed. So what do you say? Will you spare a couple of dollars for a rust-bucket starship?
It's the longest of long shots, but what do you think? Will Serenity get the chance to take us out to the black again?