Disney has announced their big future plans recently during their investor presentation. But there was one plan they didn’t talk about, Firefly. It is actually a rumor which has been wandering around for a while. Disney might have not made an announcement about it, but that doesn’t change the fact they would like to do something with the cult series, after all.
Firefly was a space Western drama television series that premiered in the U.S. on the Fox network back in 2002. It was created by writer and director Joss Whedon. Firefly had averaged 4.7 million viewers per episode and was 98th in ratings. So after 11 of the 14 produced episodes were aired, the series was canceled.
The series was set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system. The story revolved around the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a “Firefly-class” spaceship. Firefly received strong sales when it was released on DVD and still has large fan support campaigns, despite its short life span on the TV. So, why not reboot it?
Disney’s future plans and Investor Day
So, the movie theaters are almost done soon enough. In that situation, Disney focuses on producing programming for streaming platforms instead of making movies obviously. This shifting was what they have demonstrated with strong stress at Investor Day last week.
This means they actually need much more TV series so that they can feed the stream. But it also needs to draw attention to its self from especially Star Wars and Marvel. Disney acquired earlier rights to Firefly in their acquisition of Fox back in 2019 but with the movie theatres’ shutting downs, they changed their plans about the show, too. So one of the plans on that road seems to be Firefly.
They are actually working on a new Firefly series for Disney+ but they still haven’t made an announcement. It’s because the development of the Firefly reboot is still in an early stage.
How will be the new reboot of Firefly?
Disney seems to plan to change the old series as a long-running series on their platform. To do that, they will transform the series into an ideal family-friendly format in Disney+. So that actually means, they are targeting a PG-adventure for a family audience. This also means the Firefly reboot will have less sort of PG-13 dynamic than the original Joss Whedon show used to have.
On the other hand, there is no information or rumor about the series’s creator Joss Whedon yet. Whether he will join the new Firefly or not is unknown yet. But it can be predicted that Whedon might not want to involve since the series seems to change its direction too far from his old original vision. Disney also may not be willing to have Whedon, in case of not wanting to court the ire of outraged Twitter activists.
So it looks like the new version of Firefly might be dropping characters like Inara and dive more into the fun and adventure. The original show’s fans won’t be pleased that much I guess, but it also could work in different ways. Let’s just say time will show.
You can watch the full presentation of Disney’s Investor Day down below.