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'Firefly' fans flock to the internet after Nathan Fillion says he'd like to revive series



tbd-nathanfillion022411.jpgNathan Fillion has really stirred up the Browncoats, drawing a ton of attention from fans of the short-lived Joss Whedon space cowboy series Firefly by saying he'd buy the rights to the show if he had the money. How serious are they? There's now a Facebook movement to pass the hat and get the erstwhile Malcolm Reynolds the cash he needs to restart the 2002 series. The Juice* is in for a Jackson if it happens.

In an Entertainment Weekly interview last week about the Science Channel airing the series, Fillion said the good captain was his favorite role ever, and he'd jump at a chance to play the role again. "If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet," he said.

A week later, 43,000 people and counting have "liked" the "Help Nathan Buy Firefly" page on Facebook, and goodness knows how many have flocked to, which has a banner proclaiming "Let's get the Captain his money." It certainly helped that writers Jose Molina and Jane Espenson said they'd be on board, and Jewel Staite, who played Kaylee, tweeted simply "Is the Pope Catholic?" when asked if she'd rejoin.

As nerdtastic as this all is, we have to remind all the Firefly fans that the show was canceled after 14 episodes -- three unaired -- because it only got a 2.0 share (which would probably be good enough to stay these days) and the 2005 movie followup Serenity only made a global gross of $38.8 million, not even returrning on its $40 million budget.

That's not to mention that Fillion is on Castle, Morena Baccarin is on V, Summer Glau is on The Cape and Adam Baldwin is on Chuck. Sean Maher and Gina Torres are probably available, but Wash and Book died in Serenity. Creator Whedon is up to his eyeballs in Avengers shoots and Fox probably won't want to sell the rights, anyway.

But man, a Web series featuring Mal and the gang would be shiny, wouldn't it?

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