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Nathan Fillion Wants to Buy ‘Firefly’

We SciFi fans know what we love, and we love Firefly. Firefly, the short-lived, much obsessed about, canceled-before-it-had-a-chance television show, is still very much on the minds of fans and, oddly enough, the actors who were involved in the show.

The Science Channel has picked up Firefly for broadcast, the first time since 2008 that the show has been on basic cable. As part of the buildup to the shows premiere on March 6th, Fillion has done an interview with Entertainment Weekly that has stirred up Browncoats everywhere.

Nathan Fillion, who portrayed Serenity captain and Browncoat Malcom Reynolds, still thinks about the show. It’s his “what I would do if I won the lottery”. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said:

“If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to ‘Firefly,’ make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.”

Firefly‘s loyal fan base – the Browncoats, have started to mobilize. Fillion is the head of that army (officially or unofficially), so when he speaks, they listen.

There’s already a campaign to help The Science Channel get the best rating possible for airing reruns of the show, and now some fans have registered

According to the site, the mission of is in three parts:

  1. Generate momentum. We’re going to setup a way people can pledge funding towards the mission of putting the rights to Firefly back into the hands of people who care about it.
  2. Nathan chimes in towards us and approves the effort. At that point, it’s a real mission…
  3. We’ll setup a way for the funding to be collected into a Non-Profit Organization. We’ll then want everyone to make good on their pledge and contribute.

They also have a Facebook fan page to support their efforts.

Will they be able to raise enough funds to purchase Firefly for Fillion? Who knows? Stranger things have happened…

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8 Comments on Nathan Fillion Wants to Buy ‘Firefly’

  1. Poor Nathan, he probably really regrets that off-hand comment about now. 🙂

  2. I just checked in at and there’s a nice headshot of Nathan with “Firefly comes back to cable” in the Don’t Miss section. Hmmm.

  3. Firefly rumors come up like clockwork every couple of years. After the movie came out, there were rumors of a return with a trilogy on SyFy and other places, and nothing ever comes to it. The fact that Firefly is being syndicated is nothing new either: it’s been on SyFy and on USA before, and I’m guessing that we’ll see more in the future. It’s nice to see that there’s still interest in the show, but I doubt that we’ll see more from it anytime soon, for some simple reasons: everyone is getting busy. 


    Nathan Fillion is on Castle, going on three seasons. Gina Torres has a couple of movies at the moment that she’s working on, same with Alan Tyduk, Jewel Straite, while Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin and Morena Baccarin all have shows that they’re currently on. (Summer Glau, probably not for long though.) The only people who have not a whole lot going on are Sean Maher and Ron Glass. 


    Plus, Joss Whedon’s been busy – he’s helming the big project ‘The Avengers’, due out in a couple of years, not to mention the other random projects that he’s working on. 


    So, I doubt that a return to the ‘Verse is in the cards – for now. 5-10 years from now? I can imagine that we’d see a spin-off show someday. There’s certainly a lot of parallels to the Original Star Trek. 

  4. I consider myself a serious fan of Firelfy. I own the series and the the film (along with Angel and Buffy–the jury is still out on Dollhouse tho I own that too).

    BUT I’m not sure I like the idea of starting the franchise back up. *spoilers ahead*



    With Shepherd and Wash dead, it just wouldn’t be the same. And a longing and wistfulness for the show is more tolerable than seeing it restarted and failing. The show was so perfect and maybe it should stay that way, immortalized. Kind of like a sci-fi western version of James Dean.

    Know what I mean?

  5. Firefly is not going to start up again. Don’t get me wrong, I love the show. I watched the episodes when they aired on Fox, I own the DVD set, and I’ve met several of the actors at conventions and have the photos and autographs to prove it. But everyone involved in making this show has moved on to other projects. I agree with Maria, who said Nathan’s comment was probably off-hand. I doubt he had any idea of the fire it would light with diehard fans and now wishes he had kept his mouth shut.

  6. I don’t care what kind of long shot it is, I would LOVE to see Firefly carry on.  It was a totally under-appreciated.  The dialog and wit were amazing.  Whatever it take!!!  (I am loving Castle, too, though, and would hate to see it end.. *torn*)

  7. Not gonna happen.

    When the show was first broadcast I was a huge sceptic, but was quickly won over by the great characters and writing.

    No, I’m not a pessimist…I’m a realist.  Firefly is dead thanks to the fools at Fox who by now HAVE to realize they screwed the pooch bigtime.  Even if the money was raised no one even knows if the rights would be sold or if anything of quality was actually produced after that, or that actors could get out of contracts to do it, and as someone mentions Wash and Book are dead.

    I see this as a 1 in a billion effort at best.

  8. Gee frakkin’ whiz, has no one else ever talked about what they’d do if they won a big lottery before?

    Nathan is obviously expressing his affection for his time on the show and, by implication, the cast & crew, not what he wants to do with his life.

    How about this – if I won a 9 figure lottery, I’ll turn over 10% of the net proceeds to the B&M Gates Foundation ASAP.  Because as much as I loved Firefly/Serenity, I think it’s better to help real down-on-their-luck people than make stories about fictional ones.  And you can hold me to that.

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