With “Veronica Mars” soon returning to viewers in a theater near you, the prospect of fan favorite shows returning from the dead has never been more likely. Both it and “Arrested Development” have returned from the grave, which means fans are wondering if other beloved projects like “Pushing Daisies” and “Chuck” could have second lives too.
And then there’s “Firefly.” Technically the series already was resurrected in the form of 2005’s “Serenity,” and then again as a comic book series in 2013. But those sequels haven’t stopped fans from desperately clamoring for Mal and the rest of the Serenity crew to come back to a TV screen near them.
There aren’t any plans to bring back “Firefly” now, but producer Tim Minear has one great idea for how it could return. In speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the current “American Horror Story” producer suggests “Firefly” could also be a limited series.
“I think a limited series of some kind would work best,” he suggests. “Something like that could also work if, say, 20th [Century Fox] 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.”
So would that ever actually happen? Not likely.
“I would never foreclose the possibility. 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,” Minear says. “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.”
In fact, the last time Joss Whedon ever mentioned the return of “Firefly” was back in 2006. “Joss and I had discussed at some point some kind of spinoff, but that was maybe eight years ago,” Minear admits.
Would you want to see “Firefly” return again?