A revival of Firefly is rumored to be in the works from Disney; here’s everything to know about the reboot of Joss Whedon’s sci-fi western. Firefly ran for one season on Fox in 2002, Whedon’s third show on the air at the time with Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. But Firefly was unrelated to the world of magic and vampires; taking place in 2517, the show chronicled the adventures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his crew aboard the Serenity, a small transport spaceship on the outskirts of the galaxy after Mal lost a civil war.
Due to meddling by the Fox network and a horrific time slot, Firefly never found an audience during its original run and was unceremoniously cancelled after only one season. But the show would become a cult hit through DVD and streaming viewers, and even spawned a followup film, Serenity, in 2005. That film serves as a solid thematic ending to the story of Mal, River Tam (Summer Glau), Hoban Washburne (Alan Tudyk), and the rest of Serenity’s crew after they uncovered the truth about the monstrous, cannibalistic Reavers.
But there may still be life in Firefly after all. Rumors abound that Disney is eager to reboot the series for Disney+, though with some significant changes. If Serenity does end up flying again, it could look decidedly different.
Disney obtained the rights to Firefly when they bought 20th Century Fox in 2019. The streamer is reportedly eager to kickstart a new version of the series for a long run on Disney+, home of such massive hits as The Mandalorian and WandaVision. Few details are known about Disney’s intentions for the series, though it would likely be a reboot, not a continuation of the original series.
Little is known about the plot of Disney’s potential Firefly reboot. It would likely retell the story of Mal Reynolds‘ time in the Unification War, a conflict he would ultimately lose, which defined the character and his worldview in crucial ways. After the war, Mal operates on the outskirts of society, constantly ducking the attention of the Alliance. Two passengers – River and Simon Tam – cause Mal trouble with the Alliance, but his personal moral code compels him to protect the mysterious brother and sister.
The Firefly revival would almost certainly feature an entirely new cast. The original cast of the series are all 20 years older, not to mention many of them, like Fillion and Tudyk, stay busy with other projects and would likely be unavailable to return. The new series would be a clean slate from a casting standpoint.
There’s no guarantee the Firefly revival will happen. At this point the project is simply rumored, and the ongoing allegations against series creator Joss Whedon means it’s unlikely he’d be involved with any reboot. It’s unclear how much demand there would be for a new version of Firefly without Whedon or the original cast.