Blastr (via Movieline) takes a look at the progress of some die-hard browncoats’ attempts to buy the rights to the series from 20th Century Fox (so Nathan Fillion, who made an offhand remark about doing just that if he won the lottery, could revive the deceased series), and it looks as though the death knell has come down directly from Camp Whedon.
“Dollhouse” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” writer — and bride of Whedon’s brother Jed — Maurissa Tancharoen broke the news to fans with what some might interpret as a dismissive tweet. “Guys, no one in the Whedonverse is in support of http://www.helpnathanbuyfirefly.com,” she writes, “Please save your money!”
Naturally, everyone involved took this very well and dropped the subject. Kidding! They got real mad, and some of them even harassed poor Tancharoen on Twitter. So she posted a rational, conversation-ending rebuttal, which just begs to be reprinted in full:
“I think what some people don’t understand is – by “no one in the Whedonverse is in support of HNBF”
I meant that no one is officially involved in any capacity. This is a
pure fan movement. There just needed to be clarification. There were
many questions coming my way so I finally answered. I wasn’t trying to
bash dreams, by all means come together and show your love for Firefly.
But when money is involved (and pledges are meant to become real $ at
some point, yes?) things get tricky… I wasn’t going to say anything else
on the subject as I didn’t want to further fuel the already out of
control fire, but unkind things have been said. And honestly, I’m afraid
that I’ve grown afraid of the internet. Still got mad love for the
Browncoats. Over and out for a bit…”
“Help Nathan Fillion Buy ‘Firefly,”‘ as fun as it sounded, was the TV equivalent to the Bridge to Nowhere. Let’s just be thankful that the little money raised will now go to charities, and that we have 13 episodes and a feature film to cherish for all time.