It's the ($2) million dollar question.
As a self-professed Veronica Mars super-fan, geek god Joss Whedon was pretty psyched to see fans raise over $2 million in less than a day to bring the long-dead TV show back to life as a movie. But does he think the model could save his beloved, short-lived sci-fi series Firefly?
Probably. Well, maybe. But sadly, not now.
BuzzFeed had a chat with Whedon about the crowd-funding phenomenon, and asked him point blank if he’d ever consider a service like Kickstarter to get a new version of Firefly off the ground.
He’s not opposed to the idea, but as we all already know, he’s pretty wrapped up with his Marvel deal the next few years. Plus, leading man Nathan Fillion is currently killing it on the hit ABC series Castle, so he’s a little busy, too. Not to mention the rest of the cast is scattered around Hollywood (and Vancouver) in a variety of TV and movie roles.
Here’s his take on the odds:
“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.”
Though it gives fans a brand new way to support the shows they love, Whedon noted another problem when it comes to crowd-funding sci-fi projects. Something like Firefly is a lot more expensive than a modern-day set mystery show like Veronica Mars. It requires spaceship sets, special effects, costumes and about a million other things that would cost a lot more than $2 million to cover:
“We come to Veronica Mars to hear her talk and hear her father talk. ButFirefly/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 thatand it's not that good, I'm going to feel really stupid.”
That all makes sense, but if there’s any fan base capable of raising the several million dollars needed to actually make this happen, it’d be Browncoats. Never count ‘em out.