Fanboy favorite Joss Whedon has given his supporters a whole bunch of fun stuff over the years, but it certainly looks like his "Firefly" & "Serenity" franchise is pretty much dead in the water. For now, anyway.
From IGN FilmForce: "In spite of a groundswell of grassroots support amongst its fans, "Serenity" has failed to revive the science fiction-western Firefly franchise. Even with DVD sales, the movie reportedly failed to recoup its $40 million budget. And as anyone who’s seen the film knows, the exit of certain characters and the resolution of key storylines makes it difficult — or impossible — to recapture the chemistry of the excellent-but-short-lived series.
Joss Whedon himself, creator of both the TV show and the movie, broke the news to the Whedonesque.com website. He says, "There’s no sequel, no secret project regarding Serenity or some such and I’m not even sure how anyone thought there was talk there."
"I’ve seen [Firefly actors] Nathan and Tim (and Summer and Alan) recently because they’re my friends because I’m so, yeah, awesome. So let’s put that to bed and smother it with a pillow."
Oh well, at least we got a movie out of the deal. A good one, too.