I found this interesting post on Nathan Fillion and Firefly yesterday: http://gigaom.com/video/firefly-nathan-fillion-right/
which starts off thusly:
Nathan Fillion, an actor who first rose to nerdy popularity as the star of dearly departed series Firefly and now stars on the ABC series Castle, has become the poster boy (literally — there are posters) for yet another attempt to bring back Firefly from cancelation. Hey! What's with the nerdy adjective?????? Our guy Nathan is FAR from nerdy, I'll have you know! MEOW!!!!!!
They go on to say:
But leaving aside Fillion’s ongoing commitment to the ABC series Castle, and the fact that series creator Joss Whedon is busy directing The Avengers, and the fact that the California lottery is fickle with its winnings — it’s not going to happen.
But the question isn’t whether Whedon fans would get behind a web-oriented project (ahem, Dr. Horrible), the question is whether or not the rights to Firefly will ever be for sale. As Entertainment Weekly points out, the rights to Terminator were available for $30 million, not $300 million — but rights holder Halcyon was in bankruptcy and in need of cash. Fox is currently doing just fine; even if Fillion really had $300 million to hand over, there’s no strong incentive to sell on the part of Fox.
The article also mentions Nathan's fans efforts to raise money to support the effort:
Help Nathan Buy Firefly links to a post by Henry Jenkins doing math on what it would cost to create a new Firefly series using a direct-to-viewer subscription model based on the show’s original budget. If a million fans agreed to spend $40 for a 16-episode season, that would give Whedon $40 million to work with.
In fact, the story that got this all started — Firefly has been picked up for syndication on the Science Channel — is proof that there is yet more money Fox can make on Firefly, thus disincentivizing them to consider an offer from another company or individual.
Translation: Even if NF won 300 million in the CA lottery, he probably would not be able to bring back Firefly becasue it's doubtful Fox would sell the rights when there is still the potential for them to make money.
I say horsefeathers! Or catfeathers :)
BUT...there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel:
That isn’t to say that things are completely impossible; fans of the show, through the purchase of DVDs, got one movie made, and have also engaged in projects like an unauthorized feature-length sequel to Serenity, Browncoats: Redemption. As Stamell pointed out, “Look at the history of Firefly. If there were any fandom that could make this happen, it would be this one.”
Throw enough money at Fox and they'll do pretty much anything, I say!
So, carry on, Nathan! Carry on, Browncoats! Fight the good fight to bring back Firefly/Serenity. I, Rocco, am buying two tickets each week in the NJ lottery, hopeful of a win to throw some money your way! (Just dont' tell my Master - I dip my claw into her pocketbook every night to add to my stash of coins). It's our little secret :)
Tomorrow....OH NO NOT ANOTHER SEX IN THE CITY....PLEASE!