Firefly

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Watch: Firefly, Batman Vs. Superman, Doctor Who, Buffy Fan-Made Animated Teaser Trailers

Stephen Byrne, the artist responsible for the previous fan-made animated teaser trailers for Batman Vs. Superman, Buffy and Doctor Who is back with an animated teaser for Joss Whedon’s Firefly series.

Firefly aired back in 2002 for one season and spawned the Sernity movie as well as numerous comic books. The series has become a cult-favorite (to say the least) and is loved by fans.

Take my love, take my land 
Take me where I cannot stand 
I don’t care, I’m still free 
You can’t take the sky from me…

You can follow the artist’s work at:

facebook.com/ArtworkofStephenByrne

twitter.com/stephenbyrne86

instagram.com/artworkofstephenbyrne 

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Nathan Fillion Wants To Play Booster Gold, Ambush Bug or Greatest American Hero

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Nathan Fillion, a one time fan-favorite choice to play Star-Lord for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, lets it be known he would be interested in playing Booster Gold for DC.

Fillion did cameo in Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy and is known for voicing Green Lantern in the DC animated universes.

A fan at Wizard World Chicago asked Fillion if he could play any character in either DC or Marvel, who would it be?

“I think I could take a pretty good crack at Booster Gold,” Fillion told the crowd, who were in attendance for a Firefly panel. “That’s kind of my niche – show-offy, vain. I think I could handle that – not too bright. I think Ambush Bug; little bit off his rocker. You never see my face. But I think Greatest American Hero is do for a reboot.”

Fillion then questioned Summer Glau about what she knows about super heroes, with Glau responding, “I like She-Ra.”

Fillion replied, “You are totally a princess of power.”

Adam Baldwin chimed in stating maybe he could play Green Lantern, with Fillion shaking his head no.

“I don’t know,” Baldwin smiled, and they all laughed with Fillion stating Green Lantern has already been taken.

Regarding Booster Gold, a while back there was talk about a SyFy series in development, but really nothing has been mentioned in a couple years.

Interestingly enough, a Greatest American Hero remake is underway.

You can watch the video below for more from Nathan Fillion talking super heroes.

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Watch: Flash Casts Sings Firefly Theme

Check out three members of the cast of The Flash singing the theme to Joss Whedon’s Firefly.

Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes and Rick Cosnett put together the “Ballad Of Serenity – Gospel Version” to thank Whedon for helping to fund their Kickstarter project, The Letter Carrier.

The short film is set circa 1860 and is told through music.

It’s described as: a family hides in secluded mountains, a chilling lore allows them to live free from bondage.

Screenplay and Original Songs by: Jesse L. Martin

Composed and Arranged by: Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin

Directors: Rick Cosnett, Jesse L. Martin

Producers: Patrick Sabongui, Rick Cosnett, Jesse L. Martin

A few days ago Joss pledged an outstanding amount to “The Letter Carrier” Kickstarter campaign. His pledge was above and beyond all the reward categories, and an appropriate thank you was in order. As always, music is the gate way to the soul, and this song speaks to us as well as to our story and characters!  

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Trailer for Nathan Fillion & Alan Tudky’s Con Man Web Series

Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudky took to crowd-funding to kickstart the Con Man web series, and now a first trailer has been released.

Check it out above.

Synopsis:

Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk-Me!) was a co-star on Spectrum, a sci-fi series which was canceled -Too Soon- yet became a cult classic. Wray’s good friend, Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion) starred in the series and has gone on to become a major movie star. While Jack enjoys the life of an A-lister, Wray tours the sci-fi circuit as a guest of conventions, comic book stores, and lots of pop culture events. The show will feature all the weird and crazy things that happen to Wray along the way to these events.

The series is a light-hearted take on the personalities, luminaries, and characters in the sci­-fi community we are privileged to call ourselves members. Con Man is a way to share some of the surreal occurrences we have had, while telling the story of a guy learning to love and embrace his fans.

I wanted to make a show that featured all of my favorite convention artists and friends together. Not only that, I wanted to celebrate the world where heroes, villains, zombie hunters, and space pirates all overlap. I especially wanted to work with my friend Nathan Fillion again.

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Watch: Loot Crate Firefly Fan-Film “The Verse”

This month sees Loot Crate go cosmic with exclusives featuring Star Wars, Star Trek and Firefly.

Loot Crate is a monthly subscription & community service that delivers crates of epic gear to geeks & gamers.

So with September being space-themed, Loot Crate has gone out and created a Firefly fan-film with “The Verse.”

Check it out below.

Subscribe here to Loot Crate and receive this month’s galactic-themed crate. 

Save 10% on any new plan with the code: SAVE10 

Written for fans and by fans who are inspired by the beloved cult sci-fi series “Firefly.” An exciting new look at this beloved world featuring a new crew, a new ship and a heaping dose of misbehavin’!

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Loot Crate Goes Cosmic With Firefly, Star Wars & Star Trek Exclusives

Loot Crate, the geek monthly mystery box delivery service, has announced it’s going “Galactic” with exclusives for Firefly, Star Wars and Star Trek.

Loot Crate is a “monthly subscription & community that delivers crates of epic gear to geeks & gamers.”

Subscribes pay about $20 a month to join (or less with extended plans) and receive a box of goodies with one subscriber per month winning a “mega crate.”

Subscribers also get a t-shirt with the deal (Note: Some, but not all crates include shirts).

New subscribes can use the word GALACTIC to save 10% on any new subscription at Loot Crate.

Past themed boxes included July’s “Villains”:

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June: Transform:

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April: Dragon:

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Cast Reunites For Firefly Online; Trailer Released

The gameplay trailer for Firefly Online has been revealed, and it has also been learned the full cast is returning to voice their characters for the game.

Firefly Online (FFO) is an online strategic roleplaying game set in the universe of Joss Whedon’s cult classic TV show – Firefly.

Players take on the role of a ship captain as they hire a crew and lead missions, while trading with and competing against millions of other players like themselves. Much like the crew of Serenity, the Firefly-class transport ship featured in the original show, players must do whatever it takes to survive in the Verse: find a crew, find a job and keep flying.

Currently in development for PC, Mac, iOS and Android. For more info or to register go to www.keepflying.com.

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Watch: Nathan Fillion As Star Trek’s Captain Kirk (Video)

Comic-Con officially kicks off tomorrow, with the hype only beginning.

THR has debuted a preview video featuring Nathan Fillion not only as Captain Kirk from Star Trek, but talking about when Joss Whedon first announced Firefly as well what he loves about conventions.

I love being in front of a big group of people who are already super-excited; their adrenaline’s flowing. There’s a really positive wavelength of energy. And then they laugh at my crappiest jokes. For me, that’s Comic-Con.

Fillion also has a guest role in the Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

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Firefly Limited Series A Possibility & A Long Shot

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A producer on the Joss Whedon Firefly TV series hypothetically talks what could be next for the series that has seen it’s fanbase grow from only one short season to be able to sustain an audience for a solo spinoff movie.

Firefly aired on Fox for one season back in 2002. It was created by Joss Whedon and had Tim Minear on as executive producer.

Following its cancelation, fans created petitions and online forums and websites in support of their favorite space western.

Serenity followed in 2005 and saw the return of fan-favorite actors and characters such as Nathan Fillion as Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Gina Torres as Zoe, Alan Tudyk as Wash, Morena Baccarin as Inara, Adam Baldwin as Jayne, Jewel Staite as Kaylee, Sean Maher as Simon, Summer Glau as River and Ron Glass as Shepard.

Throughout the years there has been talk of a revival as Firefly has appeared at various conventions and in documentaries.

While last we heard from Joss Whedon is that he would rather do new projects, Tim Minear participates in a “what if” with Entertainment Weekly.

Minear says if they would ever bring back Firefly, it would probably be as a limited series.

I would never foreclose the possibility. The fact that it was even a feature film after it spectacularly failed on Fox was a miracle. And of course it lives on in other forms.

I think a limited series of some kind would work best. Something like that could also work if, say, 20th could partner with Netflix, or another distributor. It would have its home on Fox, of course [then a second window on streaming]. A limited series would do very well, I bet.

Let’s not get our hopes up, however, as Minear does state bringing back Firefly would be a long shot.

In terms of getting the band back together to make a new adventure, who knows? I would love it. It would be great. But first everybody has their respective projects that limits them from crossing over into other things. It’s just trying to coordinate everybody’s obligations so they could somehow participate.

Maybe one day we’ll get Firefly back…

Take my love, take my land 
Take me where I cannot stand 
I don’t care, I’m still free 
You can’t take the sky from me 
Take me out to the black 
Tell them I ain’t comin‘ back 
Burn the land and boil the sea 
You can’t take the sky from me 
There’s no place I can be 
Since I found Serenity 
But you can’t take the sky from me…

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The Wayback Machine: Firefly (2002)

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Cancelled too soon.

How many times has that been true of TV? It was especially true for this imaginative series that was very addictive … so addictive that after its TV death it has spread into a feature film, to comics and to a role-playing video game.

Let’s hop in the ol’ Wayback Machine and dial ‘er up to 2002.

Firefly was a space western created by writer and director Joss Whedon. Whedon served as an exec producer, along with Tim Minear. The series was set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system, and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a “Firefly-class” spaceship. The cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity. Whedon pitched the show as “nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things.”

The series takes place on a variety of planets and moons. The TV series does not reveal whether these celestial bodies are within one star system, only saying that Serenity‘s mode of propulsion is a “gravity-drive.” The film Serenity makes clear that all the planets and moons are in one large system, and production documents related to the film indicate that there is no faster-than-light travel in this universe. The characters occasionally refer to “Earth-that-was,” and the film establishes that, long before the events in the series, a large population had emigrated from Earth to a new star system in generation ships: “Earth-that-was could no longer sustain our numbers, we were so many.”

The emigrants established themselves in this new star system, with “dozens of planets and hundreds of moons.” Many of these were terraformed. The terraforming process was only the first step in making a planet habitable, however, and the outlying settlements often did not receive any further support in the construction of their civilizations. This resulted in many of the border planets and moons having forbidding, dry environments, well-suited to the Western genre.

The ship Serenity was named after the Battle of Serenity Valley, where protagonist Mal and Zoe were on the losing side. It is revealed in “Bushwhacked” that the Battle of Serenity Valley is widely considered the loss which sealed the fate of the Independents.

Throughout the series, the Allianceis shown to govern the star system through an organization of “core” planets, following its success in forcibly unifying all the colonies under a single government. DVD commentary suggests that the Alliance is composed of two primary “core” systems, one predominantly Western in culture, the other pan-Asian, justifying the series’ mixed linguistic and visual themes. The central planets are firmly under Alliance control, but the outlying planets and moons resemble the 19th-century American West, with little governmental authority.

Settlers and refugees on the outlying worlds have relative freedom from the central government, but lack the amenities of the high-tech civilization that exists on the inner worlds. In addition, the outlying areas of space (“the black”) are inhabited by the Reavers, a cannibalistic group of nomadic humans that have become savage and animalistic.

Into this mix are thrown the protagonists of the show. The captain of the crew of Serenity is Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and the episode “Serenity” establishes that the captain and his first mate Zoe Washburne (Gina Torres) are veteran “Browncoats” of the Unification War, a failed attempt by the outlying worlds to resist the Alliance’s assertion of control. A later episode, titled “Out of Gas,” reveals that Mal bought the spaceship Serenity to continue living beyond Alliance control.

Much of the crew’s work consists of cargo runs or smuggling. One of the main story arcs is that of River Tam (Summer Glau) and her brother Simon (Sean Maher). River was a child prodigy, whose brain was subjected to experiments. As a result, she displays schizophrenia and often hears voices. It is later revealed that she is a “reader”, one who possesses telepathic abilities. Simon gave up a career as a highly successful trauma surgeon to rescue her from the Alliance and as a result of this rescue they are both wanted fugitives.

Just a shame for TV cancellation. Firefly was one of Whedon’s best!

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Firefly’s Sean Maher Cast As Shrapnel In Arrow

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Firefly‘s Sean Maher has been cast in season two of Arrow as the evil Mark Scheffer, aka Shrapnel in the DC Comics.

THR has it Maher’s character will be a serial bomber who places Starling City in a grip of terror and threatens the life of Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro).

In the comics, Mark Scheffer becomes the supervillain Shrapnel, whose powers include being made of organic metal, and encounters the Doom Patrol.

Sean Maher is known for Dr. Simon Tam in the cult-favorite Firefly Joss Whedon series and Serenity movie.

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8pm ET on the CW.

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NYCC: Dark Horse Announces Whedon’s Serenity Returns

Press Release

NYCC: SERENITY RETURNS!

ZACK WHEDON WRITES THE CANONICAL FOLLOW UP TO THE FILM!

 

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NEW YORK, NY – Dark Horse Comics confirmed at New York Comic Con plans to continue the cult classic story line directly following the film. With executive producer Joss Whedon behind the helm, the comic series is sure to have fans clamoring to check it out. 

“We’ve been dying to get more Serenity out ever since the book Joss and Zack wrote. We all loved Zack’s work on Shepherd’s Tale, and couldn’t wait to get him back into the mix. This story is the first giant step past the film, after the big damn heroes stuck a big middle finger in the face of the Alliance,” notes Editor in Chief Scott Allie, “Zack establishes new ground rules for these characters. He nails the voices, takes the relationships to the next level, and just gives us all the best space romp since the film Joss made …”

With artwork by Georges Jeanty (Buffy Season 8 & 9), covers by Dan Dos Santos (Tomb Raider) and script by Zach Whedon (The Terminator) – Serenity returns as a cornerstone of Dark Horse’s 2014 lineup!

Malcolm Reynolds’s crew shook the ’verse to its core when they laid bare the crimes against humanity undertaken by their sinister government—the Alliance. Always outlaws, Mal, a very pregnant Zoe, new pilot River Tam, and the other surviving crew members are in greater danger than ever, and everyone’s asking the same question . . .

Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64—Leaves on the Wind #1 (of 6) is on sale January 29th in comic shops everywhere!

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First Look At New Firefly/Serenity Comic Book From Dark Horse

It looks like Joss Whedon’s Firefly will live on in comic book form as Dark Horse has released a batch of teaser images.

They even noted on their blog that “Dark Horse is proud to be able to keep Mal and his crew flying with new comics and products.”

Dark Horse also reprints the Joss Whedon 2005 limited edition series, Serenity: Those Left Behind and related comics.

Firefly aired on Fox for only one season in 2002, but to huge audience acclaim. 2005 saw the Serenity movie air with fans never satisfied that the show was canceled early.

The series starred Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau and Ron Glass.

A Firefly video game is also in the works, and Whedon is bringing Ron Glass on board Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. set for ABC this Fall.

Cosmic Book News reached out to Dark Horse for more info about the potential new Firefly/Serenity comic book series, but we may first get something coming out of this weekend’s Toronto Fan Expo.

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Cobie Smulders Confirmed For Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. & Firefly Actor At Comic-Con

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At the Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Comic-Con Panel it has been confirmed that Maria Hill will be featured in the pilot.

The pilot was aired for the crowd which featured Cobie Smulders reprising her character from the past Marvel Studios movies and The Avengers.

More good news also comes in that Joss Whedon hasn’t forgotten his actors from Firefly.

Also appearing in the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot is Ron Glass, who played Shepard Book in Firefly.

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiers September 24th at 8pm ET on ABC.

Updated: With first look image of Cobie Smulders (via EW):

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Synopsis:

Joss Whedon shows us not all heroes are super with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, Marvel’s The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world.

Executive Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”), Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”) and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”).

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SDCC 2013: Joss Whedon’s Firefly Online Video Game Announced

While fans have been begging Joss Whedon for more Firefly, it looks at least if they will get at least something in the form of a newly announced smartphone game with Firefly Online.

Announced at the San Diego Comic-Con, the new Firefly Online video game is a multi-user, social online role-playing game that will initially be available for smartphones and tablets, including those based on iOS and Android operating systems.

The game will be released in 2014.

A short announcement trailer has been released as well:

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About:

Firefly Online (FFO) is a multi-user, social online role-playing game that will initially be available for smartphones and tablets, including those based on iOS and Android operating systems.

Players take on the role of a ship captain as they hire a crew and lead missions, while trading with and competing against millions of other players like themselves. Much like the crew of Serenity, the Firefly-class transport ship featured in the original show, players must do whatever it takes to survive in the Verse: find a crew, find a job and keep flying. 

Firefly Online is currently in development by QMXi and Spark Plug Games, an independent video game studio. The game is expected to be released during the summer of 2014.

Firefly Online players will play a captain in the Verse that’s struggling to get by, just like Capt. Mal Reynolds from the show, and dive in the following features:

• Create a crew, customize a shiny ship and explore the Verse.
• Aim to misbehave in space and planet-side adventures.
• Pick-up and play anywhere with cross-platform, cross-device game play support.
• Engage with unique social features connecting Firefly fans.

To sign up for more information or preregister for the game, please visit www.KeepFlying.com.

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Joss Whedon Wants Batman; Talks The Avengers 2 Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch

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A recent screening of Much Ado About Nothing was held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center where Joss Whedon discussed the movie as as well as The Avengers 2, Firefly and also Batman.

Regarding Batman, Whedon said he would if he could get his hands on “absolutely anybody” that it would be Batman, and then went on to state “he’s a Marvel character in the DC Universe.”

Whedon also talks about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, who are confirmed by the director to appear in The Avengers 2.

Recently, it came out that Bryan Singer will be using the mutie speedster in his Fox Studios movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Whedon doesn’t directly answer questions about that, but offers “they’re going to be awesome” in The Avengers 2.

For fans that have been waiting for anything Firefly, Whedon says pretty much what we have been hearing from the director lately in that nothing is really planned, but one day he would like to visit the fan-favorite show again.

“If all the planets align that would be great, but I’m not going to do what I did the first time and move heaven and earth to make it happen,” Whedon offered.

Joss Whedon previously pitched a Batman movie, which WB turned down the same day they canceled Firefly, that seems to have led to a bit of bad blood between the two.

The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015..

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.

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10 Movie Easter Eggs You May Have Missed

With Easter upon us, now seems a good time to take a look at those hidden goodies in various movies.

Below you can find 10 Easter Eggs that you might have missed.

Any favorites? Feel free to comment below.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger as King Lear Movie Poster in Jurassic Park 2

Infinity Gauntlet in Thor

Millennium Falcon in Star Trek: The Next Generation: First Contact

Hank McCoy in X-Men 2

Bob Kane Signature on Batman sketch from 1989 movie

I Am Legend Superman/Batman

Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom Club Obi Wan

Joss Whedon’s Firefly ship in Battlestar Galactica

ETs in Star Wars: The Phantom Menance

Iron Man 3 Movie Poster Features Mandarin With Captain America’s Helmet

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Bonus For Marvel Cosmic Fans:

Annihilus featured with Quasar’s Quantum-Bands. Before we knew Annihilus had killed him.

Editor Andy Schmidt had to tell Marvel Cosmic fans about it as no one noticed.

How about Quantum Leap Movie?

Whedon Says No Kickstarter For Firefly; How about Quantum Leap Movie Then?

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Now with the Veronic Mars success, fans have been taking to the net voicing which defunct TV series should get kick started next.

Of course, the popular Joss Whedon Firefly series and Serenity movie is at the top of everyone’s list.

However, sorry Firefly fans, it’s not going to happen, at least for the next few years.

The Avengers movie director Joss Whedon commented on the Firefly Kickstarter possibility with Buzz Feed mentioning that he basically has no time as he is busy with the Marvel Studios properties. Whedon also seems a little standoffish at the thought — as what happens if it’s no good?

That’s what everybody wants to know about. Uh, yeah. My fourth feeling when I read about [the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign] was a kind of dread. Because I realized the only thing that would be on everybody’s mind right now. I’ve said repeatedly that I would love to make another movie with these guys, and that remains the case. It also remains the case that I’m booked up by Marvel for the next three years, and that I haven’t even been able to getDr. Horrible 2 off the ground because of that. So I don’t even entertain the notion of entertaining the notion of doing this, and won’t. Couple years from now, when Nathan [Fillion]‘s no longer [on] Castle and I’m no longer the Tom Hagen of the Marvel Universe and making a giant movie, we might look and see where the market is then. But right now, it’s a complete non-Kickstarter for me.

For me, [Kickstarter] doesn’t just open the floodgates. God knows, things are cheaper now than when we made even Serenity. Good effects can be done in a different manner. Nor is that universe all about spectacle either. But it is a tad more expensive — and a little all-consuming! And of course, there’s the other fear: What if it’s not that good? I can do something that’s not that good — that’s fine. But if I do thatand it’s not that good, I’m going to feel really stupid.”

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6123:]]Well, with Whedon’s Firefly out of contention, Cosmic Book News would like to add another show to the list: How about a Kickstarter for a Quantum Leap movie?

Quantum Leap ran from 1989-1993 starring Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a time-travelling physicist putting right what once went wrong. At one time a spin-off movie was set to air on the (then) Sci-Fi Channel that was to feature the daughter of Sam Becket, however it never came to be. 

The last we heard about a potential Quantum Leap movie was back in 2010, I believe, with the show creator Donald Bellisario reported to be working on a script.

So what say you fellow Quantum Leap fans? Would we be able to put right a Quantum Leap movie?

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Cool Firefly Magazine Cover Concept Art

How cool would this be.

Check out the fan-made Firefly Magazine concept art from GrahamTG over at DeviantArt.

This is Graham’s second attempt at the magazine art, and we even see a QR code included.

If you don’t have an iPhone, the “spoiler” follows the second image.

Though Joss Whedon’s Firefly only featured one season and a spinoff movie with Serentity, it’s amassed quite the fan following.

Recently, Whedon even said he would love to get back to it after The Avengers 2.

Would you subscribe?

Joss Whedon shared this on his Facebook Page:

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Take my love, take my land

Take me where I cannot stand

I don’t care, I’m still free

You can’ take the sky from me.