Firefly not dead yet

y42 writes, According to a Sci Fi Wire interview with Nathan Fillion, there is definatly a DVD in the works (details are given), and there is a possibility of a silver screen Firefly movie! Let us rejoice : )

8 replies on “Firefly not dead yet”

  1. UncleJam says:

    Why would they make a movie?
    I mean, the TV show was a failure, why throw money at a losing proposition? I really don’t understand the reasoning. Do they think that all of the people who weren’t at home watching Firefly on Friday nights were at the movies thinking “If only Joss would show his space western on the big screen!” I just can’t see there actually being an audience for this, without dumbing the concept and background down so much that it’s not even the same show.

    Has there ever been a movie made (we won’t even go into “successful” or not) of a failed TV show? What stuido would pay for that?

    • fiziko says:

      Re: Why would they make a movie?

      Has there ever been a movie made (we won’t even go into “successful” or not) of a failed TV show? What stuido would pay for that?

      Star Trek: The Motion Picture did pretty well based on a show cancelled by low ratings.

      • UncleJam says:

        Re: Why would they make a movie?

        Star Trek: The Motion Picture did pretty well based on a show cancelled by low ratings.

        That’s true. But then, ST had 10+ years of building a cult following before heading to theatres. Even with 10+ years behind it, I couldn’t see Firefly performing even 1/10th as well.

      • marc says:

        Re: Why would they make a movie?

        Star Trek: The Motion Picture did pretty well based on a show cancelled by low ratings.

        Well, they moved TOS to the ‘graveyard shift’ before cancelling it. I guess that’s one way of giving a decision some pseudo credibility: look, the show isn’t having much success at 23h in the evening.

    • y42 says:

      Re: Why would they make a movie?

      I mean, the TV show was a failure, why throw money at a losing
      proposition?

      Because the show did not fail on its on. Fox put in a lot of effort to
      make it fail.

      I was willing to leave the TV on from 8pm to 12:20am (on
      mute) while I wasted time on the net waiting for firefly to come on, with
      no proof that it would come on. Not many people are willing to go to all
      that trouble to get to watch a TV show. At least the theatres will play it
      at the
      advertised time.

      Remember, Firefly was said to play on friday nights at 8, but that was
      rarely the case. Then with all the campaigns and letters and web sites of
      support for the show, Mutant Enemy had proof that the show has an
      audience that is willing to pay (remember the magazine ad?) to see
      firefly. Hence, a movie.

      If they apply a bit of marketing savy, they could get a reasonnable
      revenue from a movie release (they won’t come close to a world record,
      but they can still profit).

      Now go troll somewhere else, reaver.

      • mbourgon says:

        Re: Why would they make a movie?

        Because the show did not fail on its on. Fox put in a lot of effort to
        make it fail.

        Agreed. Playing it out of order sucked, but at least they kept the two-parters together. And while they didn’t open with the pilot, “The Train Job” was still a good introductory episode. Part of the problem is the genre-bending. Joss did it amazingly well, but western fans wouldn’t watch it because it was sci-fi, sci-fi fans wouldn’t watch it because it’s a western, and Buffy fans wouldn’t watch it because it’s not Buffy. Of 7 friends that watch Sci-Fi, I got 3 of us to watch it. The two Buffy fans just weren’t interested in a western (and it wasn’t Buffy), two people never managed to catch the episodes, and of the 3 that watched it, one got hooked when I showed “Out of Gas” for them. I think Joss could’ve done better had he done a “western” Buffy ep. Dunno how he could’ve worked it in, but he could’ve.

        If they apply a bit of marketing savy, they could get a reasonnable
        revenue from a movie release (they won’t come close to a world record,
        but they can still profit).

        Agreed. They could probably make it for $15 (mil), add $5 for promotion (maybe more – show people why they want to watch a sci-fi western), and I think it could pull at least $35. Plus DVDs. Plus TV rights. Plus Plus Plus.

    • GrimSean says:

      Re: Why would they make a movie?

      Has there ever been a movie made (we won’t even go into “successful” or not) of a failed TV show? What stuido would pay for that?

      Here’s one for you: Masters of the Universe. Granted it wasn’t very good, but He-Man counts as a cancelled show.

  2. jmartenstein says:

    nytimes article
    I’m surprised no one has pointed to this article yet, in the New York Times (registration required, blah blah blah). It’s mostly about Buffy, but question 8 regards the future of Firefly, in Joss’s own words… basically more confirmation about the DVD and plans for a movie.

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