Debuting in Fall 2002, Joss Whedon’s space western drama FIREFLY had a blurred run on FOX. Amidst questionable (read: stupid) decisions from executives at FOX (like airing the episodes out of order), the show failed to draw enough of an audience to get picked up for a second season. It did gain a cult following which lead to a movie, SERENITY, and is reaching an increased audience (myself included) now that the full series is available on Netflix Instant.
The cast reunited at the New York Comic Con this month, and during the panel Nathan Fillion stoked the flames of fanboys around the world when he mentioned the potential for Firefly The Animated Series. He’s certainly not holding out hope for a second feature film. “I think if there was going to be a second movie, it would have happened by now. That was eight years ago.” Sean Maher, who portrayed Simon on FIREFLY, told The New York Post that there have already been discussions between someone in the industry and show creator Joss Whedon. Apparently that individual used to work with Guillermo Del Toro, whose credits include Kung Fu Panda, Puss In Boots, Megamind and an animated Hellboy movie.
As much as fans and the cast might love to return to the live-action world of FIREFLY, an animated series is likely the only way to appease fans. Given the current commitments of the original cast, voice-over work on the series might be the only way to keep from having to recast at a minimum of four key roles:
Nathan Fillion (Captain Mal Reynolds) currently stars in CASTLE, which was renewed for a 5th season which started a month ago.
Gina Torres (Zoe Washburne) co-stars in SUITS, whose second half of its second season starts in January and is already renewed for a third season.
Alan Tudyk (Hoban Washburne) co-stars in SUBURGATORY, which just began its second season this week.
Morena Baccarin (Inara Serra) currently holds a vital role in the Emmy award-winning HOMELAND.
And as much as we love Jewel Staite, the fact that Morena Baccarin and Nathan Fillion can’t be involved is reason enough to stop analyzing the list right there.