Former Firefly co-stars Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk need your help to get them back into a spaceship, so they’ve launched a campaign on Indiegogo in order to fund a new comedy web series titled Con Man. And the more you give, the more you'll have access to.
Cleverly, the duo are sticking with what they know: The gist of the story centers around Wray Nerely (Tudyk), who was once the pilot and co-star of Firefly Spectrum, a sci-fi series canceled before its time that eventually went on to become a fan-beloved cult classic. While Wray’s BFF Jack Moore (Fillion) -- who also starred in the series as the captain -- has become a big star, Wray continues to struggle to get his own big break, touring the sci-fi circuit as a guest of conventions, comic book stores and a whole lotta pop-culture events. Alan Tudyk told Entertainment Weekly:
“It’s about the convention world,” says Tudyk, who is also the show’s creator, writer, and director. “My character, Wray Nerely, was on a science fiction show called Spectrum, that was canceled too soon, and now he goes to conventions, to sign head shots, and meet fans, and do panels. Nathan’s character, Jack Moore, who was the captain of the spaceship on Spectrum, has gone on to incredible action-hero stardom, like Matt Damon. My character is frustrated with his situation and frustrated by Jack’s stardom. We follow Wray’s story as he goes to the conventions and does video game voiceovers and we are going to populate it with sci-fi actors and people that you will find at conventions. Zany hi-jinks ensue!”
The new series, written and directed by Tudyk, actually wants to be a fun take on the convention circuit and the people one encounters in the sci-fi community and comic book stores. The characters are based on people Tudyk and Fillion have encountered throughout their years in the convention world. It's also the story of a former sci-fi actor learning to love and embrace his fans. Here’s what Fillion said to IGN about the wacky world of conventions:
“The people who go to these conventions, they look forward to it all year, and they say "I'm going to wear this costume, I'm going to buy this comic book, I'm going to make sure I see this panel." They are essentially visitors. But there is a culture of people for whom the Con is everything. They do a Con in this city, then in that city, then in another city. They run these conventions. They're organizing them. And it is a bizarre little society. And it is fascinating. And it is brilliant. And they are passionate. And they are a little bit crazy sometimes, but it is fantastic.”
Tudyk also calls Con Man "a show within-a-show: Spectrum." Doesn’t that remind you just a tiny little bit of Galaxy Quest?
Check out Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk telling us about the campaign to get Con Man off the ground:
Other sci-fi fan favorites set to join Fillion and Tudyk in Con Man are Sean Maher, Gina Torres, James Gunn, Seth Green, Felicia Day and Amy Acker. More guest stars will be announced during the campaign.
Do you want to see Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk back on a spaceship in Con Man? Will you donate?