Joss Whedon talks Firefly
This weekend, the biggest event in geekdom is of course Comic-Con, and Joss Whedon returned to the San Diego, CA event a conquering hero.
Although Whedon's been a force in the geek world for many years with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he finally hit pay-dirt as a filmmaker with The Avengers, which has to be a an incredible victory considering he fled to television when he couldn't get any of his feature scripts made.
So one of the big Comic Con events that had geeks salivating is the Firefly reunion, which of course was Whedon's sci-fi show that had everything going for it but an audience. An attempt to resurrect it in the movie theaters as Serenity also failed, although there are plenty of fans of both the show and the film these days, both of which have become absolute genre classics.
As reported on Hollywood.com, Whedon recalled, "I wanted to create something that felt real. Like history. A western story. But I need spaceships or I get cranky." And while it never took off (originally) on the big or small screen, the show is indeed enjoying a nice second life thanks to DVD, Blu-ray and the Internet fan communities.
Cast member Adam Baldwin said, "[We] were introduced to the online community, feedback they gave us over time was inspiration. Upon the cancelation of the show, I went to Joss's office and I saw determination in his eyes. But the fan community that was interacting with us, they never gave up."
As Collider reports, at the end of the Comic Con Q&A, Whedon actually cried when thanking the fans for everything, and the audience gave him a standing ovation. When I see you guys, I don't think the show is off the air," he said.
And according to Deadline, in response to the big question on everyone's lips, will Whedon be back to direct Avengers 2, he told the Comic Con crowd, "I have not come to a decision on directing Avengers 2 yet. I am having too much fun with this (Firefly reunion) now."
Also look for the upcoming Firefly cable special, Browncoats Unite, on the Science Channel on November 11.