Five ways 'Firefly' could be brought back

Steve Tilley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:59 PM ET

Being a Firefly fan is an ongoing exercise in heartache.

The Joss Whedon-created sci-fi western, which didn’t make it through even a full season on Fox before being cancelled in 2002, routinely tops lists of shows that were taken off the air too soon. Its fanbase remains passionate, even rabid. And there’s always a lingering hope it might somehow come back.

Those hopes were briefly rekindled this week when Entertainment Weekly talked to Firefly writer-producer Tim Minear, asking him if this spacefaring crew of misfits, led by Edmonton-born Nathan Fillion as Capt. Mal Reynolds, might ever again explore the frontiers of the ’verse.

Minear’s short answer: not likely, but there’s always hope. Joss Whedon said pretty much the same thing the last time I talked to him: “Part of me is like, ‘God, it would be great when I finish Avengers 2 to do that,’ ” Whedon said at the time, but added that the realistic chances of being able to get the cast back together more than a decade later is fairly remote.

But Browncoats, as Firefly fans are known, refuse to be deterred. Here are five ways we’d like to see the crew of Serenity fly once more.

Another movie

Serenity, the 2005 feature-film sequel to Firefly, is a fantastic movie. Unfortunately it failed to resonate with filmgoers at large, and didn’t do terribly well at the box office. It would be amazing to see a Joss Whedon-directed Serenity sequel, but it’s hard to imagine a studio green-lighting it. Not to mention Whedon will be swamped with The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the rest of the Marvel movies for the foreseeable future.

An animated series

Like Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly lives on in comic book form, with several Serenity sequels, prequels and spinoffs. An animated series seems like the next logical step, as it could keep the stories going but also involve the original actors, thanks to animation voice work being much easier to fit into busy schedules than a live-action TV show.

A TV spinoff series

With Fillion tied up with ABC’s Castle and the rest of the Firefly cast involved in various other projects, getting the band back together could be nigh-on impossible. But a spinoff series, set in the same universe and with the same tone and humour, would be a great thing. Again, though, it’s hard to imagine any network rolling the dice on such a thing, no matter how much of a following Firefly has gained over the years.

A video game

A Firefly video game, called Firefly Online, is due out this summer for PC, Mac and mobile devices. Unfortunately it doesn’t sound like the kind of game many fans were hoping for. Instead, we’d love to see a sprawling, open-world multiplayer online game that blends elements of World of Warcraft and EVE Online. Such a thing could have been incredible. Maybe it still could be, someday.

An off-Broadway musical

If Spider-Man, Shrek and so on can be turned into musicals, why not Firefly? The characters and situations would be perfect for a musical, if someone could come up with catchy songs to match. Don’t forget Whedon’s Buffy cast performed a whole episode – Once More, with Feeling – during the sixth season of that series, so it’s in his wheelhouse. Take my love, take my land... yep, that would be shiny indeed.

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