“Firefly” is coming back to television in a couple of weeks; the Science Channel starts re-airing the show’s first and only season on March 6. But there’s a new groundswell to get more than just reruns on your screen.
The campaign kicked off last week following an interview with “Firefly” star Nathan Fillion, who told EW that “If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to ‘Firefly,’ make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.”
That was all the Browncoats needed. Following the interview, a website called Help Nathan Buy “Firefly” and a Facebook group of the same name launched. As of this posting, the Facebook group has more than 18,000 fans, and the site says it will start taking pledges (though not actual dollars) from fans soon.
While it probably wouldn’t take $300 million to relaunch “Firefly,” money is not the only issue in play. Leaving aside the fact that Fillion (“Castle”), creator Joss Whedon (“The Avengers”) and other members of the cast and crew have other jobs now, there’s also the matter of buying the rights to the show. The show was produced by 20th Century Fox TV, and it’s not interested in selling the property.
Even if the fund-raising effort doesn’t amount to anything, though, it at least shows that eight years after it was canceled (and five-plus after the follow-up movie “Serenity” was released), there’s still a devoted fanbase for “Firefly.” If they’re willing to shell out their own money to bring the show back to life, maybe someone will take note.