It’s being rumoured that a Firefly reboot is in the works for Disney Plus and fans don’t seem to be very happy about it at all. The reports that a Firefly reboot is reportedly in the works came from Giant Freakin’ Robot.
Full disclosure, I am a HUGE Firefly fan. Yes, I know. That might not be something I should be admitting today given all the flack that Joss Whedon has been getting over the years. That said, he made some very good stuff in the past, and that shouldn’t all be erased because of him. A lot of people worked on those shows, and they’re still great fun to watch today.
Anyway, now that Disney has the rights to all of the Fox properties, they also own the rights to the Firefly series. Fans have been clamouring for a Firefly revival for years, but the key word in that phrase is “revival”, not “reboot”. Fans aren’t happy with the idea of the show being rebooted by Disney, and they’re making themselves heard on social media.
Firefly fans do not want Disney to reboot the show
Don’t get too excited. Everything about it sounds bad. The only way this could sound worse would be if they announced they were casting the parts using only cast members from the 1980-81 season of #SNL. #FireflyReboot https://t.co/VAGIiDXMK7
— Knon Fodder (@Knonfodder) December 16, 2020
— Jason Harris (@Harriscandoit) December 16, 2020
There is absolutely no way in 'verse that a Firefly reboot will ever be able to capture the magic of the original (especially without Wash and Book???) so why are people pushing for this? Why would you want to sully the memory?? https://t.co/esg9nQwh7x
— Nikki is Writing ✏️ (@bad_anima) December 16, 2020
This isn't going to end well, is it?https://t.co/o6KvWUxfCk
— Colin Cochrane (@HopeJustice1938) December 16, 2020
Firefly worked back in 2004 because it was lightning in a bottle as regards to writing, cast and fans. Nathan Fillion IS Mal Reynolds, no one can replace him. A reboot would be a soulless husk of what the original achieved.
— Heel vs Babyface (@heelvsbabyface) December 16, 2020
Unpopular opinion wrt a PG Firefly reboot: It could be just as good if not better. The charm of the show was in the found family adventures. Ditching the shallow pseudo-feminism, slut shaming, lack of diversity, and neo-confederate vibes means more than gore being onscreen.
— Malda Marlys (@aardwyrm) December 16, 2020
A reboot without the real cast is bad enough. A toned down, PG Firefly is the opposite of what a reboot should do. Not sure I could even bring myself to watch this, despite the original being my favourite show of all time. https://t.co/E9hUA3i1vO
— Emmett Macfarlane (@EmmMacfarlane) December 16, 2020
— Gwars Bane (@Gwarsbane) December 17, 2020
I’ve been one of those fans asking for Firefly to be brought back, and I completely agree with these fans. I do not think the show should be rebooted. A lot of fans out there would love to see the likes of Nathan Fillion and co. come back to the roles they played so well in the original series and the subsequent film, Serenity.
However, it sounds like Disney is more interested in starting the show from scratch, which does make sense for them. I’m pretty sure they don’t want to bring back the likes of Joss Whedon for this show. So, they’d be more interested in making the show their way.
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