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Joss Whedon doesn't see a 'Firefly' Kickstarter movie happening anytime soon
After the potential "Veronica Mars" movie became the fastest Kickstarter project to hit $1 million (its total now stands at well over $3 million), many fans immediately turned to other beloved TV franchises looking for new life on the big screen, but "Firefly" creator Joss Whedon says that that short-lived FOX cult series is one show which won't turn to Kickstarter to help fund any future incarnations.
The short-lived 2002 series was first resurrected as the feature film "Serenity" in 2005, but failed to ignite the box office. Since then, there have been inconsistent rumblings about another feature installment, but the ever-busy Whedon doesn't think the "Veronica Mars" Kickstarter revolution will help get another "Firefly" project off the ground anytime soon.
As he explained to Buzzfeed, the "Veronica " news filled him with conflicting feelings. He said, "A) I thought it was an awesome and ballsy move. B) I love 'V. Mars' and want more of it. And C) It feels like a real game-changer. My fourth feeling...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 ['Firefly'] 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."
The futuristic space-themed "Firefly" also presents more budgetary concerns than "Mars."
"We come to 'Veronica Mars' to hear her talk and hear her father talk," Whedon explained. "But 'Firefly'/'Serenity,' it's kind of a different animal."
"For me, [Kickstarter] doesn't just open the floodgates," he concluded. "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."
In the meantime, Whedon recently directed the upcoming Shakespeare adaptation "Much Ado About Nothing" on a shoestring budget in his own home with a cast including veterans of various Whedon projects, including "Firefly," "Angel," "Dollhouse" and the blockbuster film "Marvel's The Avengers."