Joss Whedon created a TV series in 2002 called Firefly which lasted only 14 episodes. In fact, the show was taken off the air before all 14 episodes were shown. Bad ratings. It should have ended there. It would be commercial folly to pursue it further. Ratings had proven that the show didn’t have much of an audience. Joss took it to all kinds of studios and cable stations. Nobody wanted it. Who would want a failed show?
And yet Joss persevered. He wanted to make a big budget movie. How crazy is that? It was impossible. Who would watch it? In the meantime, DVD sales of the compiled 14 episodes shot through the roof. Fans had discovered it and made it an unexpected DVD hit. Firefly finally found it’s audience. And three years later, the Firefly movie, SERENITY finally got made.
And oh my God, it’s probably the best freaking sci fi movie I’ve ever seen. It’s very inspiring, not only the movie itself, but also how it got made.
I had been seeing Firefly on cable, but I only saw the movie last night. It it damned near took my head off. It was incredible. Summer Glau is awesome. Not to mention red hot. From now and ever on, I’m a Joss Whedon fan. Joss seems to be a comic book fan and has created comics not only of his creations (Firefly, Buffy), but I think he’s also writing Astonishing X-men. To have the chance to work with him one day would be fantastic. It’s an impossible dream. But then many years ago it was impossible for me to work on comics and yet I did. Who knows?