Beloved director has a message for his fans: Cool it with the Firefly demands. At least, that's how I read into a brief interview he did with Buzzfeed in the wake of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter project.
The normally affable director has always been a fan favorite, and it's been well-deserved. He's always been accessible, gracious, and has given back to fans time and time again. I'm not sure there's another director out there who appreciates his fanbase more.
That being said, even the most patient man has his limits, and congratulations, internet, you've made him reach his. Of course, when news of the Veronica Mars campaign hit the internet, the immediate response from many fans was, "FIREFLY!! We demand Firefly! Make Firefly!!" and the clamor rose on the internet.
So of course, someone caught up with Whedon to ask his thoughts on whether or not we'd see a Kickstarter campaign for the Serenity crew any time soon, and that is when he seemed to get a bit irritated:
My fourth feeling when I read about [it] was a kind of dread. Because I realized the only thing that would be on everybody's mind right now. I've said repeatedly that I would love to make another movie with these guys, and that remains the case. It also remains the case that I'm booked up by Marvel for the next three years, and that I haven't even been able to get Dr. Horrible 2 off the ground because of that. So I don't even entertain the notion of entertaining the notion of doing this, and won't. Couple years from now, when Nathan [Fillion]'s no longer Castle and I'm no longer the Tom Hagen of the Marvel Universe and making a giant movie, we might look and see where the market is then.
For the record, Whedon was initially thrilled at the success of the Kickstarter campaign. And maybe I'm reading too much irritation into this, but when a man uses words like "dread", as in, that's what he was feeling, and "I've said repeatedly", that reads to me like a man who is exasperated at constantly being hounded for updates about a movie that a.) already happened (remember Serenity anyone?) and b.) he's already stated (multiple times, I might add) he doesn't have time to make or think about and won't for the next few years.
Whedon also went on to explain to fans that, hey, you know, doing Firefly would be a whole lot different than Veronica Mars. Read: way more expensive:
I think anything we could get off the ground would be appreciated by the fans," he continues, "But what form it would take is I think under some debate. For me, [Kickstarter] doesn't just open the floodgates. God knows, things are cheaper now than when we made even 'Serenity'. Good effects can be done in a different manner. Nor is that universe all about spectacle either. But it is a tad more expensive — and a little all-consuming! And of course, there's the other fear: What if it's not that good? I can do something that's not that good — that's fine. But if I do that and it's not that good, I'm going to feel really stupid.
You guys, come on. Even I facepalmed at some of the comments on this article because of the above. And I love Firefly and Serenity and am an unabashed Whedon fangirl, but seriously, Firefly fans, don't make Whedon have to spray everyone with a cold hose.
His entire focus is with Marvel, at least for the next 3-5 years. And I mean entire. Most directors never get the chance to direct even one movie of that magnitude, let alone multiple ones. It's not as if he's been secretly working behind the scenes to get a Firefly project off the ground and just playing coy about it. One, that's not his style. Two, he can't. He has no time. The same reason you loved The Avengers is the same reason he can't even spare a minute of thought to more episodes aboard the Serenity (until reporters ask him, that is): Because he's putting every waking minute of thought he has into his projects with Marvel.
So for your own sake, and Joss Whedon's sanity, pump the brakes on the clamor. If no power in the 'Verse can stop the crew from coming back, it won't, and we'll see Mal and his crew back at some point. But until it happens, understand it's not happening, and be happy with all the other awesome stuff Whedon is putting his life into for us in the meantime.