Sunday, January 22, 2006

Firefly -- Maybe a Season 2?

Updated post: Monday, 1/23, 9:00 a.m.

Browncoats all over the 'verse are (not) flocking over to the new Firefly Season 2 site. The site, (which at first appeared to be registered by Universal) appears to be investigating demand for a pay-per-episode season two of Firefly. The 12-episode show from Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon had an original run on Fox 3 years ago. Fox cancelled the show after changing nights and reshuffling the order of the episodes. Eventually, they only aired 8 of the original 12. It was a short season, but long enough to be discovered by a small but loyal band of fans. Those few fans spread making the Firefly Season 1 DVD the most popular TV series DVD ever. Meanwhile, Whedon garnered support in Hollywood, reassembled the original cast, and made last fall's movie, Serenity.

Unlike what we first reported, this isn't a push by a studio to re-light the fire. It appears to be a push by someone -- or a production company -- who may want to try to liscense the rights to the show. Firefly's return to regular season television still seems incredibly unlikely. What could happen? Who knows -- maybe a direct to DVD series. Or another movie. Or possibly, a made-for-television movie. And maybe, it might be pay-per-download episodes, which would be OK with me, too. For this show anyway. It's *that* good. On the other hand, this is a loyal fan base. This show could not exist without Joss Whedon involved. Thanks to those who commented so quickly with a Bubble, the movie released this weekend by entertainment mavericks Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner and their 2929 Productions. Cuban and Wagner own the Landmark Theater chain and also are big proponents of simultaneous theater, DVD, and cable releases of film. This, of course, scares the shit out of the rest of Hollywood. Bubble is the first film they've tried and the first in their six-film partnership with Soderbergh. However, it was also heavily boycotted by other theater chains who distribute traditional films. Personally, if I had a nice home theater system and wanted to skip out on talking patrons and crowds, I'd be first in line for a new DVD. Theaters have to realize that they're a dying breed.

Check out the site, but be aware of who you're giving your information to first. And go see Bubble -- or buy the DVD. It will be showing Indianapolis at the Landmark Theater at the Fashion Mall.


At Mon Jan 23, 12:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The FS2 site isn't registered by Universal. Sorry. You've been misled. Here's a thread with details:

At Mon Jan 23, 01:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeremy here from That is correct, this has nothing to do with Universal. But I also don't believe it's a scam. Plese read the thread above for opinions on the issue.


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