Even though it’s been about 13 years since Fox cancelled ‘Firefly,’ Joss Whedon’s space western lives on thanks to the dedication of fans around the world. The Browncoats have elevated the series to cult classic status and it’s hard to go to any con anywhere without seeing at least one cosplayer dressed as Captain Malcolm Reynolds or another Serenity crewmember. And though the verse lives on in comics and video games, the cast continues to find work in other areas of the entertainment industry. But just because they’re off doing other TV shows or movies doesn’t mean that they can’t get back together once in a while. And this time, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are looking to YOU to help make the latest reunion happen.
The former ‘Firefly’ stars are teaming up again for a new web series called ‘Con Man.’ Producer Fillion and writer/director Tudyk will play the captain and the pilot, respectively, from a sci-fi show that was cancelled after a brief run. If you think that sounds familiar, we’ll also follow these actors as they hit the convention circuit to meet fans, attend panels, and everything in between. You know what they say: “Art imitates life.” For more information on the show, watch the video from their IndieGoGo campaign:
Initially, the duo looked to the fans to raise $425,000 to finance the show’s first three 10-minute episodes. However, after only a few hours, the goal was surpassed and the page shows that $639,042 has been raised so far. With 30 days left on the campaign, I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t reach their stretch goal of $725,000 to create a total of five episodes, or even go even further to fund all ten scripts written by Tudyk and the spaceship that the pair hopes to include in the show.
Additionally, while fans are surely excited to see Fillion and Tudyk together again onscreen, they’ll definitely be stoked to see a number of guest appearances by fellow ‘Firefly’ alum Sean Maher and Gina Torres, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn, and other Whedon-verse standouts like Amy Acker, Seth Green, and Felicia Day.
You know what this sounds like to me? Just as ‘Star Trek’ has ‘Galaxy Quest,’ it seems like ‘Firefly’ has ‘Con Man’. This also sound incredibly awesome, so if you want to contribute to the project, head to their IndieGoGo page and check out the perks.