Some shows just don’t go away.
And “Arrested Development” –- The Bluth Family has been off the air since 2006, but earlier this month creator Mitch Hurwitz confirmed a big-screen version could be camera-ready by year’s end.
Now a group of dedicated fans are trying to bring the long-cancelled space western “Firefly” back from the dead.
Last week, star Nathan Fillion (now on ABC’s “Castle“) told Entertainment Weekly: “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.”
Within hours, the website helpnathanbuyfirefly.com had popped up to expedite the process.
For now no cash is being collected –- only pledges.
“We’re not Nathan and we’ve not heard from him yet,” the unnamed webmaster says. “You will not be asked to hand over a penny to anyone until you know where it is going. We’re glad folks are suspicious of anonymous fundraising, stay that way –- it’s a rough ‘Verse.”
In a Frequently Asked Questions section, the mysterious Internet fundraiser says his project could get underway for far less than $300 million: “Nathan pulled that figure out of nowhere. We likely would not really need that much. We need to do two things with funding: pay for the property (buying it from Fox) and pay for any costs of new content.”
New episodes would not necessarily be broadcast on television. “Not sure it’s relevant, but when content is made, bids can be taken from various networks.”
In the meantime, “Firefly” fans (“Browncoats” to those in the know) can catch the entire Joss Whedon series in HD -– and in its intended episodic order –- beginning March 6 on The Science Channel.