Firefly producer says 'limited series' would be best approach for revival

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Feb 12, 2014, 6:16 PM EST

It’s been more than a decade since Firefly was unceremoniously dumped by Fox after a short debut season, but Joss Whedon’s little cowboy sci-fi series is still alive in our hearts and minds. So what form could a revival take?

Entertainment Weekly sat down with Firefly producer Tim Minear to talk about just that topic, and he teased that the recent Arrested Development/Netflix model could prove the most viable option if Capt. Mal and the gang were ever to really fly again.

With most of the cast and crew off working on other projects (most notably Nathan Fillion on Castle), Minear points out that a shorter schedule and miniseries-sized run could best accommodate the varied moving pieces. Hey, whatever, Tim! Just make it happen:

“I would never foreclose the possibility [of a revival]. 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.

I’m completely talking off the top of my head, but there’s a show that’s been on for the last couple years that’s reinvented the form in terms of the limited series. I’m trying to think of the name of that show — Oh yes! American Horror Story! It doesn’t have to be 13 episodes. Look how Sherlock does it … 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.”

Considering the fervent fan love that still exists, and all the new fans that have discovered the series in the years since it went off the air, we’d have to agree. Though Minear lays out a perfect plan, he’s the first to admit that there’s not currently any real effort to make a revival happen. According to Minear, the last Firefly-related conversation he had came about eight years ago in regard to a potential spinoff. Sadly, he didn’t elaborate on what that could’ve been.

What do you think? Could a limited-series Firefly season actually work a full decade later?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)