Firefly fans always want more. I suspect that even if the entire Serenity crew dies, nothing short of a complete collapse in quality will deter fans from wanting the short-lived show to come back in any way possible, and damn the logistics of making that happen. Enter writer-producer Tim Minear to tease the possibility of a return, specifically in the form of a limited series. Minear noted that shows like American Horror Story and Sherlock have upended the traditional form of TV series, so why not Firefly?
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I would never foreclose the possibility. The fact that it was even a feature film after it spectacularly failed on Fox was a miracle. And of course it lives on in other forms. In terms of getting the band back together to make a new adventure, who knows? I would love it. It would be great. 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.
Specifically, some members of the Firefly cast have ongoing responsibilities to various TV shows. Nathan Fillion does Castle, Gina Torres does Suits, and the other cast members are either working on other shows or doing various projects. To ask them to set aside a space in their schedules to work on a show that doesn’t exist yet is a tall order. You can point to Arrested Development, but the fourth season was only able to get the entire cast together for one scene. I know fans really want Firefly to return, but is that how they want it?
Nevertheless, Minear specifically called out Netflix as a place where the show might be able to keep flying:
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.
So now the “limited series” becomes part of the conversation about how to resurrect the show that already found a satisfying conclusion. I wouldn’t necessarily object to more Firefly, but I think there are bigger obstacles than just the format. As Whedon said almost a year ago, “What if it’s not that good?”