Fox has announced that it is open to the idea of rebooting the classic SciFi series Firefly.
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Fans were disappointed when Fox canceled the show after only one season but now it seems that the Space Western that was so popular with its fans that Serenity and her crew could be taking to the skies once more.
Set in 2517, the adventures of the crew take place after humans find a new galaxy. Although only 11 of the 14 filmed episodes were screened it remains a firm favorite for fans. In 2005, the crew hit the big screen in the finale movie Serenity, also a big hit with show followers.
A lover of the show, Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment at Fox said that they are open to the idea of rebooting the show if they can reinvent it and make it relevant for today’s audiences.
Fox’s recent SciFi franchise was The Orville. This successful space drama, created by Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), saw successful seasons between 2017 and 2019 on the Fox network and has been snapped up by Hulu for a third season later in the year.
This would seem to free up a place in the scheduling at Fox which could be filled by Firefly.
However, fans can't relax just yet. Although Thorn thinks the Firefly reboot is a great idea he points out that director Tim Minear who worked on the show is currently busy with 9-1-1 and a spin-off 9-1-1: Lone Star.
Minear himself reports that discussions about a reboot have been held, specifically how to make it work with a mixture of old and new characters, and how the story-line could work out.
However, fans always have a favorite character so someone is bound to be disappointed, plus it is worth remembering that one of the most loved characters is already dead.
Getting all the actors together for one project is going to be a tough call too. Nathan Fillon, who played Captain Mal Rogers is currently filming the Rookie.
Other cast members including Gina Torres (Zoe), Morena Baccarin (Inara) and Adam Baldwin (Jayne) are all currently involved in ongoing projects, as are the other original actors from the series.
Minear is still not ruling out a return, however, pointing out that there is potential for doing a limited return series, perhaps limited to 8 or 10 episodes that could be dovetailed with the cast’s existing obligations.
Viewers are still hopeful that they will see the return of the crew so we could see Serenity fly like a leaf on the wind once more.