In honor of Firefly‘s tenth anniversary, the entire cast of Joss Whedon‘s sci-fi western is reuniting at San Diego Comic-Con next week! The fans are understandably stoked, and can’t help wondering if there’s an ulterior motive beyond honoring the show’s premiere a decade ago. Graffiti With Punctuation caught up with Sean Maher, who played uptight rich boy/doctor Simon Tam in the show and the 2005 film Serenity, and asked him exactly that point-blank.
Sorry to disappoint, but it sounds like everyone’s too busy to have been secretly working on a reboot of the TV show or another movie behind-the-scenes. But then Sean has to go and throw in the hypothetical idea of “what if Joss has some ideas and is developing them in secret?”—he starts yammering on about how he didn’t know about Serenity til Joss was writing the script, and now my heart is pounding and I’m having visions of the Battle of Serenity and WHAT IF IT CAME BACK.
I have nothing to tell you, but I would be lying if I wasn’t thinking that myself. Everyone always asks, “Are you making another one?” And I’m like, “I don’t know” because I really don’t know, but I don’t underestimate the power of Joss and now he has 10,000 times more power than he has ever had and it just seems like opportunities would be at his fingertips.
I just saw him last week for ADR (addition dialogue recording) for Much Ado About Nothing and he didn’t mention anything but when Serenity was being made, I wasn’t privy to all the early development discussions. I was having dinner at his house, Summer [Glau] and I came over and Joss was cooking us dinner and I remember he was makin’ a Chilean seabass and he said, “Oh, by the way, I’m heading to Cape Cod to write the movie [Serenity]“ and I was like “I’m sorry, what?!?”
And I still kind of didn’t believe him until the table read and we sat down and read the Serenity script and here we were with all of these people that I loved so much and these characters that I love so much and to just hear the words spoken again, that was when it really sunk in, so if there is something going on and I’m not being kept in the loop about it, I wouldn’t be surprised. He never ceases to surprise me.
He makes sense: Joss has infinite power after the runaway success of The Avengers, and he may not want to take on the sequel, citing his desire to go back to writing his own characters. The circumstances for making a sequel to Serenity don’t get much more perfect than this, methinks.
Update: Silly me, I forgot to add that the Science Channel awesomely airs Firefly episodes every Sunday! They’ve been doing it for a while, but we can’t take for granted the fact that someone out there gets the importance of the show. In fact, they get us Browncoats so much, they’re filming the Firefly reunion special Browncoats Unite at San Diego Comic-Con this week! (It’ll air November 11.) As the song goes, You can’t take the sky from me…
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