|Posted by Christina Cooper on February 24, 2011 at 8:27 PM|
When word broke last week that ‘Firefly’ was going to be rebroadcast on The Science Channel, it wasn’t just fans who were excited. The cast and crew of ‘Firefly’ shared their excitement. Nathan Fillion, Captain Mal, spoke to Entertainment Weekly, and set a fire under the die-hard ‘Firefly’ fans. Here’s what he said about wanting to return:
“If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet”
Fans took this as any normally obsessed fan would: they went to facebook and twitter and started a campaign to help Nathan buy the rights. A website was even set up helpnathanbuyfirefly.com which currently lays out the plan for how fans can help donate money to buy the rights from 20th Century Fox. The website is not currently accepting donations, instead only pledges on their facebook page. Their page has over 70,000 likes, which is a lot considering their page has only been up for a few days. Here’s the 3-step plan from helpnathanbuyfirefly.com.
First off, this was the original plan, 3 basic phases: Generate awareness to get the attention of some serious folks, try to estimate how much we’d raise via a no-cash pledge system Get their buy-in to help make things happen, Raise the funding for real, not just pledges
I went to the site a few days ago and was really unsure of how possible this even is. We’ve all seen Internet campaigns go badly. Firefly’s Internet campaign failed in 2002, but ‘Chuck’ was saved thanks to its fans. So I began to think, maybe it is possible. Even if fans were to raise the money (probably not the $300 million Nathan said, but a lot), how could we get everyone back on The Serenity? First off, the Captain himself (Fillion) has landed himself on the ABC hit, ‘Castle’ which is currently in its 4th season. Three of the shows other 3 stars, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin and Summer Glau, are busy with contracts for their TV shows and upcoming films. And not to mention, our fearless creator, director and writer, Joss Whedon is currently leading the ‘Avengers’ to the big screen. And if that turns out to be a big hit, which I’m hoping it will, Whedon is probably going to be busy for the next few years writing and directing the sequels.
As far as we know, Joss hasn’t heard the news, and hasn’t commented on the possibility of fans helping Nathan buy the rights. Jose Molina, a writer for two ‘Firefly’ episodes tweeted in regards to Fillion’s comments to EW. “For what it’s worth, I’ve told him I’d drop what I was doing and follow.” Jane Espenson, who has written for Firefly and was a producer on ‘Battlestar Galactica’ replied to Molina’s tweet: “I’m there, if needed.” I’m a huge fan of ‘Firefly’ and even though I didn’t watch the show when it was on TV, I own the DVD set and ‘Serenity’. And I will for sure be tuning into to The Science Channel to catch it on Sunday nights!
I joined the facebook group and do plan on give money to helpnathanbuyfirefly.com if they begin accepting donations. You may be thinking, ‘wow, that’s insane!’ Or, ‘There’s no way that could ever happen!’ And you know what, you may be right, but I think if Joss Whedon and maybe even Nathan Fillion saw our effort, they might try and talk 20th Century Fox into selling the rights to Universal and make another film!
BTW- After scrounging the Internet trying to figure out if anyone in the cast has commented on this grass roots fan movement, I realized that Nathan tweeted that he will be meeting with Geoff Boucher the head writer and creator of the LA times blog, HeroComplex (Check it out!!). We’ll let you know as soon as Fillion or Boucher releases a statement about the interview and hopefully mentions the fans effort to bring back ‘Firefly!’
Source: Entertainment Weekly