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February 17 2011

Nathan Fillion on playing Mal - "It was my favorite job ever". And find out his response to the question "If... Fox said to you and Joss: "We screwed up, let's try doing Firefly again." Would you do it?"

Good answer, Nathan. Good answer.
Just saw this on Twitter and came over to Whedonesque to see if it was posted and of course, yup it is. :)
This will be interesting to see it with the science commentary and it will be fun to have it back on tv somewhere.

Oh, and I agree with Tonya J. ;)
Sigh. Will I ever stop missing Firefly?
Fans should start a campaign to get those with deep pockets hooked on Firefly.
Let's all buy lotto tickets and help make this a reality.
I can't help hoping that if Avengers is a success (and I don't see how it could not be), we might get more Firefly/Serenity in some format. Maybe not as a TV show, but they could definitely work around Nathan's Castle schedule to do another movie. I mean, Joss and all the actors still seem to want to revisit that world, and once he's done a huge superhero film, he should have a little more ability to get movie deals for things he wants to do, right? Things like <>Serenity 2 and Goners?

I know either of those would be kind of a long shot .... but is it crazy to think they might be possible?
I was thinking about this the other day and realized that not only is Firefly itself going on 8 years but Serenity the movie is almost 5 years old.

I think if Serenity was made today instead of 5 years ago it might have had a more successful box office turn out because now Nathan Fillion is star of hit show Castle, Morena Baccarin is on V which is doing reasonably well, Adam Baldwin is on Chuck which is going on 4 years now, and Summer Glau has been on Sarah Conner Chronicles and the Cape. They all have a lot more exposure now which might have helped bring more people into the movie theaters though maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part.

Also I get the distinct impression Nathan Fillion is the kind of guy that would be awesome to sit down and have a beer with.
I wonder what the $$$ rights amount to Firefly actually is. Fox hasn't done anything with it. DVD sales couldn't have been very much. Why would they prize these rights so highly Nathan thinks he has to win Lotto to be able to buy it.
Well, that was just special.
Even if we are all just plain folk now.

I love how Nathan remains as much a fan of Firefly as many of us eternal Browncoats--perhaps even a bigger fan. I certainly wish him success in the lottery. Admittedly, I've had the same dream for years, but mine was to go to Joss with the financing and have him make Serenity 2 and 3. [I want my big damn trilogy.] >smile<

Nathan's understanding of what makes Joss' shows and writing so great is spot on.

Respectfully,
History

P.S. I had the opportunity to speak briefly with Nathan (and Alan) at B3 in 2006, and had a photo with him, his arm around my shoulder like a bud. A gracious, and funny, gentleman. Alan, too.

P.S.S. Had a beer with Adam and Jason Mamoa (Stargate Atlantis and the new Conan movie) at CreationCon 2008. Felt like I was in the land of the giants. Adam was... I can't use the word "gentleman" but he was fun and funny as hell.
History I'm jealous.

As a fan a fellow conservative I'd love to take Adam Baldwin to a shooting range sometime so I can shoot with him while wearing my Jayne hat.
I wonder what the $$$ rights amount to Firefly actually is. Fox hasn't done anything with it. DVD sales couldn't have been very much. Why would they prize these rights so highly Nathan thinks he has to win Lotto to be able to buy it.

Honestly, Tonya J, I have to wonder if it's not a case of the Browncoat Nation's insanely dedicated nature actually having a downside.

I mean, think about it: 20th Century Fox has a product by a known entity in TV circles whose first two TV shows were very popular and both made it to syndication (a big thing, as I understand it, since it aids with revenue on a project; just look at Paramount milking Star Trek dry on TV as an example). His third entity came to them but got canned for all the reasons that have been thrown around over the years - Fox the Network didn't know how to schedule a show they couldn't classify in a less-than 10 word blurb, too cerebral, the "heroes" got pissed on by God, Fate and the Universe a tad too much, etc. - BUT...DVD sales for an 8-year old show continue to be steady - if nowhere near record-breaking on a consistent basis - and Fox the Production Studio (you can just tell where my family's from, can't ya? ;D) can see that a default number of copies for the DVD (and now BluRay) has to be ordered ever so often.

I think 20th Century Fox isn't stupid...it's got a nice solid home entertainment product with Firefly and won't want to give it up easily.
It always makes me sad to see how much he enjoyed being Mal when it was for only so long. Sadder than my sadness, which is not small.
I think about not only Nathan's loss and ours, but how Joss has said something like there is not a day that goes by that the loss of Firefly doesn't cross his mind. And that about kills me when I remember his sadness about it.
I'd be heartbroken if I was his current love (read: Castle). Talking about his ex like that, Jeez.
I will be watching this. Love (and miss) Firefly.
war_machine with the exception of Castle and Chuck most of the shows were short lived, had mediocre ratings or are on their way to being canceled. TV by the numbers has V likely to be canceled as its ratings are pretty bad since its return. Although I would love to see more Firefly and Serenity I don't think the exposure of the stars on a handful of struggling and cult shows will help in any way.
Just curious what the case is for other people because where I live the Science Channel isn't basic cable, like the article repeatedly states, you need to have digital cable to get it on Time Warner in my area.
I'd be heartbroken if I was his current love (read: Castle). Talking about his ex like that, Jeez.

Considering how often his current love likes to send secret love notes to his former love... Sounds more like some kind of potential threesome to me.
I can't help but dream about what the writers could do in reflecting all of the current events and political revolutions into new stories about the 'verse. I still miss Serenity and her crew and wish that they are always flying in my skies.
Well, the ex died just a few months after they got married... (such a sad affair) isn't he allowed to have some special place in his heart for her?
I tweeted this to Nathan:
Barring $300M lottery win, what about a low-budget #firefly web series, a la the Session 416 thing Joss and Summer did?
Feel free to click over and retweet it. ;)
They all have a lot more exposure now which might have helped bring more people into the movie theaters though maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part.

It's my opinion war_machine that they got these jobs because of Serenity, and that we wouldn't have them all onscreen so often if they had not had the movie.

And I love it, brinderwalt! :P
"...fully distributed..."? "...basic cable...? Grrrr. *cries*
I like how much a fan Nathan is.

I'm curious to know how they're "upgrading" it to HD - if the detail's not there in the original where are they getting it from? Or was the original series filmed at HD quality and then downgraded for TV?
Well, whatever the case on that question, it was already done before this airing, due to the Blu-ray release.
Serenity is 5 years old. She was 5 last September.

And my heart hurts when we talk about Firefly.

[ edited by madmolly on 2011-02-18 05:14 ]
Bluey, IIRC, the live action on Firefly was shot on 35mm film, with CGI rendered at standard definition (the common practice during the '90s and early 2000s). The filmed portions can be re-scanned into true HD, but the CGI can only be digitally blown-up to approximate HD resolution. Apparently this is how the Blu-Ray edition handled it, and the new cable release might be trying some new enlargement algorithms to keep the CGI from looking as blurry.

The alternative is to entirely re-create the CGI in high-definition, as was done for the Star Trek: TOS restoration, but that process is too expensive and impractical for Firefly and most other shows of its broadcast era.
Ahhhh now that helped make my less than shiny Friday better.

I just wish I'd be able to watch the re-airing - but sadly no such luck up here in good ol'Denmark.

and I also have to agree with everyone, who mentions that the most endearing things about Nathan Fillion (aside from that really huge shiny talent of his) is his willingness to own up to his past and the fact that he is as much a fan as we all are.
What’s the most common thing Firefly fans say to you?
No. 1, “Is there going to be more?” No. 2, “Why was it canceled?”


Answers:

(1) Highly unlikely.

(2) Because Fox executives are bean counters, and bean counters don't care about making great TV. They care about having more beans.
Honestly, Tonya J, I have to wonder if it's not a case of the Browncoat Nation's insanely dedicated nature actually having a downside.

BEB, thanks for putting that into perspective for me. Because people here and elsewhere say we are not the typical fanbase for Joss' work, it made me wonder how many $$ we were actually generating for Fox. Le Sigh. One of us needs to win the Lotto.
Beans pay the rent. Beans put food in bellies (although not necessarily beans).
Remember when Dawn did that spell to bring back Joyce from the dead?

If it wasn't going to come back properly - eg with money and all rights, and the same cast, then I wouldn't want it back at all. Half-assed might destroy the memory of it.
Totally off topic, ppl should read the comments under the interview, they were funny.
I think the reason for the "$300 million" estimate was not that the rights cost *that* much, but because it would require a considerable cash infusion from somewhere to actually *make* more. Perhaps Mr. Fillion's friends and family will give him Lotto tickets on present-giving occasions like birthdays and Christmas :)
Maybe Fox or the Science Channel could release a Firefly DVD with the Science Channel extras on it. I'd buy that.

I don't think the lottery tickets I'm buying ever get to the possibility of $300 million...

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