More than 11 years later, Browncoats are still pleading with the Powers That Be to have mercy on us and bring back Firefly. Our hopeful hearts pitter-patter at every hint of a revival (like the Firefly cast reunion coming up at the end of May). But the sad reality of it is that we’ll likely never see an “official” revival of the ‘verse. That doesn’t mean that all’s quiet on that front, though. The ‘verse lives on through comics, conventions, charity screenings, and fan films. We’ve already been gifted with the fan-made movie Browncoats: Redemption, and now something new is coming out of the black…
Firefly: Origins, a 3-part miniseries made for Browncoats by Browncoats, “[documents] the adventures of a young Malcolm Reynolds as he finds himself drawn into the war for independence against the Alliance. [Origins] takes place in the early years of the Unification War, over a decade before Firefly…”
As far as a Firefly film goes, not using the original writing or acting team (sorry, Browncoats…not yet), we look at it like this: 1) Better fellow Browncoats than some greedy FOX execs trying to cash in on a cult following they prematurely, let’s call it like it is, murdered. Joss aside, who knows what Browncoats want better than Browncoats? 2) Better a pre-story than a post-story. For starters, a young Malcolm Reynolds will be decidedly different than the Captain Tightpants we all know and love; and 10 years is a long time for him to grow and change (looks and personality wise), so buying a new guy in the role won’t be as difficult as, say, picking up where Serenity left off. Additionally, we can confidently say that these new guys are no Joss Whedon. …and that’s no offense to them, as Joss is on a plane all his own. But in the case of a pre-story such as Firefly: Origins, Joss has already set up the end result, so this younger Mal has something to become…something to work towards. As do the writers. We actually sort of dig the idea of getting into the brain of a younger Mal… The only question is: do these new guys have the chops?
From their Kickstarter page, what we can tell so far about their “creds” to make this film is: 1) These guys dig Firefly. While a ship can’t sail on love alone, it’s a start! In the words of our own Captain Tightpants, “Love keeps her in the air when she ought’a fall down.” 2) They’ve got an award-winning cinematographer/director by the name of David Kirk West captaining this ship. We’re not familiar with David’s work ourselves and don’t know much about the rest of the crew, but we’ll at least be keeping an eye on the project to see what else this bunch has up their sleeves. We know fan films are a touchy subject, but we encourage you to have a look at the Kickstarter page and at the video below, maybe do a bit of your own research, and then decide if you think bringing a young Mal to life is worth your money.
What do you think of Firefly: Origins? Let us know in the comments! Seriously, we want to know!
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