As soon the “Veronica Mars” Kickstarter proved to be the success its become — which was about 10 seconds after it began — top ten lists of “What other geeky shows should be revived as movies through Kickstarter?” popped up like little, hit-hungry whac-a-moles. And of course, “Firefly” was included on every single one of these lists. The Browncoats are a loud and passionate bunch, and they want Joss Whedon to revisit his space western universe badly with more episodes of the series or a cinematic follow-up to the popular, but disappointing “Serenity.” Well, Joss knows that you guys want more. And as soon as he saw the “Veronica” Kickstarter, he knew that he’d be asked when he’d been launching his “give us more of that failed TV Kickstarter.” In a chat with Buzzfeed, Whedon discussed the possibility of such a thing happening, or lack thereof.
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 get Dr. 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.
Tom Hagen, of course, is Robert Duvall’s character from “The Godfather.” Hagen was the consigliere of the Corleone family, basically an advisor to the big boss, in Whedon’s case, that big boss is Kevin Feige, godfather of the Marvel cinematic universe.
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 that and it’s not that good, I’m going to feel really stupid.
Because I’m too busy to deal with it, I did have a moment of just, “Oh my god! I’m in trouble now.” I’ve always said, “Yes, I’d love to do another one,” and it’s still true. But I sort of got slapped in the face with it. Or probably will.
Whedon’s “What if it’s not that good?” fear is refreshing for a guy at his level. When the fans fork over their cash, it means more than if some giant corporation does. I’m certain directing “Marvel’s The Avengers” and shepherding Marvel’s in-house movies is a daunting gig, but if he gets canned, he’ll always have his “Joss Whedon is my master” t-shirt wearing clan to pick him up, dust him off, and await his next “Dr. Horrible.” Joss knows that if he lets that safety net of hardcore Whedon-ites down, it’s over, and it’s important for artists to know that.
So just sit tight on the whole “Firefly” and “Dollhouse” thing for now, fans. Joss knows you’re there, and he knows what you want. But he’s got Tony Stark and Thanos to worry about right now, and that’s helluva responsibility.