In a post on TV By the Numbers, Nick C. raises the possibility that “Firefly” could make a return to the small-screen, either as a series or a couple of TV movies on Fox or NBC.
I think from my talks with the people running FOX that they would bring it back under the right circumstances. However, you must understand that right now Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, and Alan Tudyk (plus he was killed in SERENITY) all have gigs for the foreseeable future. However don’t underestimate the power of a movie. FOX could likely be easily talked into a Movie or two for next season. They could air after an NFL game or playoff game. The movies would easily sell on DVD.
The question now falls into rights, but the guys at FOX wouldn’t be alone. If Universal is now in possession of future rights to projects, NBC or USA wouldn’t mind getting in on the cash opportunity either. A couple movies shot and made for TV and then released on DVD would be profitable for anyone involved. At the same time the cast would still be able to keep doing their normal gigs. Just shoot the movie around their schedules.
A Movie made for TV does a few things. One it reminds fans of why they love the Brand. For another it brings new viewer possibilities to the Brand. A movie could spike the original series DVD and Blu-Ray sales as well as SERENITY sales. For the network that runs it they find out how viable a Brand it can be. Is it worthy of bringing back? The ratings will make the point for them. I’m betting it would pull a 3.0+ with ease. Bring in $150k to $220k a spot and for a 2 hour film that is nothing to sneeze at. Set a budget of $4M for the movie and you’re looking at serious profit before DVD sales ever enter the equation.
All of these are good reasons for Browncoats to have hope that “Firefly” could make a return. However, as a long time “Doctor Who” fan who endured fourteen years of rumors of the series’ potential return at some nebulous time in the near-future, I warn my fellow “Firefly” fans not to get too zealous until we get some official word from Fox, Universal, Joss Whedon, etc.
That said, I would love to see something like this happen and as soon as we have official news, we’ll bring it to you right here at Slice of SciFi.