Tuesday, February 14, 2006

I found this over at Sci Fi Wire:

"Underhill said that he wants to acquire the rights to produce a second season of Firefly and has gone on the Web to solicit fan's support, though not their money. "We're looking at actually doing a direct pay-per-view model for this series, where the consumer could choose, if they wanted to, [to] view it on their computer, on their iPod, on direct-to-DVD sent to their house or on demand through their cable or satellite operator," Underhill said in a telephone interview."

However:

"Firefly/Serenity fans, who call themselves Browncoats, are suspicious of Underhill's motives and methods, and the entrepreneur has gone on a Browncoat fan forum to answer questions. Underhill admitted that his effort is a long shot: He even revealed that a bookmaker had contacted him to gauge the odds of his success for purposes of wagering. (He had no idea.) "Anything can be a long shot, and projects can be shut down at any time," he said."

Hmmm. I'm not sure what to think of this. On the one hand, I'd most likely pay on a episode-by-episode basis, provided there was some way to save them and maybe burn them to DVD if I was lucky. On the other hand, if this guy actually does buy the rights to Firefly (anybody have any idea what the ballpark figure for that would be?), it could potentially be twisted and mutiliated until it's just another mediocre shoot-'em-up sci-fi show. He also doesn't seem to have gotten in touch with any of the original cast ("He acknowledged that he had not yet heard from Firefly/Serenity star Nathan Fillion"), something that makes me a tad nervous about his ambitious vision.

I want more Firefly, but not at the cost of the vitality and energy that permeated each of the fifteen original episodes. To that end, it would probably be best to reserve judgement on this guy until he gives us an idea of what he's capable of producing.

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