Joss Whedon Says Don’t Look For A Firefly Kickstarter Just Yet


firefly bannerUnless you were under a rock yesterday, you probably heard that a Kickstarter campaign for a Veronica Mars film broke all kinds of records. Kristen Bell and show creator Rob Thomas started the campaign to raise $2 million dollars in 30 days. They made their goal in about 8 hours and broke every record Kickstarter ever had. Of course the talk of the movie industry is whether other films will follow suit, whether it be for other fan-favorite shows or just smaller movies in general. Of course a movie about a fan-favorite canceled TV show made many people think that a Firefly/Serenity Kickstarter would go over like gangbusters. Whedon knows he’s going  to get asked that question even more than something about Avengers 2. He talked to BuzzFeed about it.

The director started out  by joking that they would be launching a Dollhouse reunion Kickstarter. On a more serious note, Whedon said he was very happy for the campaign’s success not only because he’s a big Mars fan, but he thinks it’s a ballsy move that will be a real game-changer. He knows all the crazed Browncoats will want to see a Firefly Kickstarter now. Whedon acknowledged that, but he said don’t start holding your breath:

That’s what everybody wants to know about. Uh, yeah. 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. 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.

The Marvel Mastermind, who compared himself to Tom Hagan, said Veronica Mars is a different animal compared to the visual effects driven Firefly:

Firefly/Serenity, it’s kind of a different animal — and then there’s also the question of what kind of animal it is. Because some people are talking about Firefly episodes. Some people are talking about [a new] Serenity. I think anything we could get off the ground would be appreciated by the fans. But what form it would take is I think under some debate.

For me, [Kickstarter] doesn’t just open the floodgates. 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.

You can read the full discussion where Whedon talks more in-depth about what the Veronica Mars Kickstarter means by clicking here. So there’s yet another bit of bad news for all the rabid Browncoats. It seems like nothing will ever happen until Fillion is done with Castle. It’s kind of a catch 22. Castle has become a big fan favorite, but it stands in the way of any type of Firefly project. What are you going to do? What do you think? Could Whedon revisit this idea in a few years when his Marvel obligations are up?

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Source : BuzzFeed