An entrepreneur named Ace Underhill has been making efforts to produce a second series of the television show that was cut by Fox network after only 14 episodes. A fan of the original series and its spin-off movie, Serenity, he purportedly intends to make the series available for alternative media, such as pay-per-view downloads.
Underhill has said that he has contacted members of the Firefly cast and had received a few rate quotes from agents, but he declined to say who. He acknowledged that he had not yet heard from Firefly star Nathan Fillion.
Firefly and Serenity fans, who call themselves Browncoats, are suspicious of Underhill's motives and methods, and the entrepreneur has gone on a Browncoat fan forum to answer questions.
A spokesman for Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly and Serenity, told SCI FI Wire that Whedon has never heard of Underhill: "Joss doesn't really know anything about that guy, and I don't really think he has a comment," he said in response to questions about Underhill's efforts.
In response, Mr Underhill said in an interview: "If he contacts me and says, 'Hey, we're not interested in Firefly anymore' or 'I'm not interested in Firefly anymore,' then I will abandon the project, and essentially it's over at that point. I'm not looking to create a cheap knockoff of the series without Joss' input.
"But I'm hopeful and I'm keeping on it, and I'll put my perseverance on it and try to stay with it for the long haul. I understand it's not an overnight process, and I don't expect it to be, and I'm prepared for the long haul. ... At this point, I would say it's a long shot, but the chance exists."