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Actor Alan Tudyk has spoken to Hypable about his recent run-in with Joss Whedon, the never-wavering fan support for Firefly, and the Ant-Man rumours.

Yesterday we brought you an exclusive scoop on Suburgatory from Tudyk, who could tease some big developments between Noah and his wife.

Firefly castToday it’s time to talk Firefly – remember that little show that went on for a season and ended more than 10 years ago? Wait, why are we even still talking about that? Oh right, because 10 years on and the Browncoats are still clamoring for the series to come back – and apparently so are the cast and crew.

Even after all this time, “Not only is there a want from fans, but there’s a want from Joss [Whedon], and from Nathan [Fillion], certainly, and the cast,” Tudyk confirms.

But even if there is a will, is there actually a way? Talking more logistically about how it could actually work, Tudyk points to Arrested Development as an example of how the show could be brought back. “This was taken off the air right about the same time that we were,” he says, “and that was a show that was on Fox, with a bunch of people who have gone on to do many other things, and they’re getting them back together for another 14 episodes. So it can be done.”

Alan Tudyk wants Firefly back
He even has the technicalities worked out. “Netflix has a business model that works to revive a show that has an existing audience. As a subscriber-based service they can make it work financially.”

Joss Whedon himself recently spoke about Firefly, and expressed his desire to revisit the show at some point, but didn’t want to commit to anything. And Tudyk reckons that’s probably the one thing that might hold the project back. “I don’t think it’s gonna be done unless it’s perfect, as far as, Joss has the idea and he’s like ‘Ooh, that has to be done,’” he says honestly.

Alan Tudyk Wash FireflyWhen we ask – a little skeptically – whether there might come a time when it’ll simply be too late to bring the show back, Tudyk is insistent that this fandom doesn’t have an expiration date. Because, while “all the characters were great, and everyone was important,” ultimately Tudyk believes that, “as long as we’ve got Mal, I think that you can stitch it back together.”

And in Tudyk’s opinion, that could happen at any time after Castle ends and there’s a break in Fillion’s schedule. “He could be 50 when that happens,” he says enthusiastically, going on to share his (suprisingly detailed) idea of how the story could continue: “You could find Mal living on some moon somewhere, and then somebody finds him. It’s that old set-up where somebody finds him and they’re like, ‘you’re needed.’ Something happens that he saddles back up, gets in the ship and goes. And he puts the band back together. And finds everybody wherever they are, to go do something.”

Tudyk, for certain Serenity plot reasons, doesn’t believe he himself would be able to return for another movie or season. But we were persistent that he has to return as Wash for this to work, which led to some impromptu brainstorming about how that could be done:

You could come back in flashbacks.

Well, there’s a time limit on that one. That’s the only thing there’s a time limit on, because I’m not gonna look like me in a flashback by next week. ‘Well this was Wash when he was 20,’ hmmm wow, yeah, no. They’d have to make some kind of excuse for the aging process that took place.

You could be looking at an Indiana Jones kind of situation. Mal and his son, off on adventures, and then you…

[Laughs] Mal and his son! I’ll play his son.

There you go.

It’ll be a stretch, but…

Or you could imagine some kind of Obi-Wan Kenobi thing where you appear in a blue light and guide them all on their quest.

‘Use the force, Mal.’ ‘What?’ ‘The force!’ ‘What is that?!’ ‘Hmm.’

‘Hmm, we don’t have one of those here.’

‘The force field? We don’t even have that.’

See? Joss Whedon, if you’re reading (and we’re sure you are, because it’s not like you’re busy or anything), there are a lot of ways it could be done.

Tudyk, of course, must have had a lot of opportunities to think about how Firefly could be brought back, considering that he is asked about the show in almost every single interview he does. Luckily, he doesn’t seem tired of talking about it.

“I think that we knew that it would always have a place in our hearts, but we did not know when it was cancelled that it would have a place in other people’s hearts, not like this,” he admits. “This is, it’s gotten – it’s gotten a little silly at this point. My goodness, people talk about it on other shows! There are other TV shows on the air where they mention it, and how it needs to come back. I saw it on Community, and they do it on The Big Bang Theory, and…” he pauses (and we hold our breaths, sure he’s about to tell us that we’re crazy), “and it’s so cool. I’m blown away.”

Alan Tudyk holding on to Firefly
Tudyk finds the fan support especially touching because of the way the Fox network so unceremoniously let them go. “I don’t know what all the reasons were … but back when it was on, we were fighting, holding on, and being like, ‘don’t cancel us. We think this is awesome! What’s wrong with you?!’ So to have people who agree with something that you were fighting so hard for is amazing.”

But for now, Nathan Fillion still has Castle and Joss Whedon of course is busy with Avengers 2 and S.H.I.E.L.D. And don’t expect Tudyk to appear on the latter any time soon. “I just saw Joss the other day. I just went and checked out the… what is that show they’re doing? S.H.I.E.L.D. Not SWAT. Shows how much I know about it,” he laughs.

But was he trying to trick us? Was this really a meeting to discuss super secret S.H.I.E.L.D. guest appearance plans? …No. “I just happened to be on the lot where they were shooting, and I was leaving,” Tudyk quickly clarifies, “and a Firefly fan was there who worked on the lot, and they asked if I was there to see S.H.I.E.L.D. And I was like, ‘what? They’re here?!’ So I texted Jed [Whedon] and was like, ‘where the hell are you?’ And I went by and Joss was there, it was very cool.”

Alan Tudyk Ant-ManAnd Tudyk fans should prepare to be left a little more disappointed by his answer to our question about whether there’s any truth to the Internet rumours that have him playing Ant-Man in the upcoming movie adaptation of the comic books.

“I’ve heard about that, but no,” he says. “That’s a shame,” we reply, because it is. “I know, I’m a fan of ants,” he sighs empathetically. “But no.”

Don’t be too sad though. There’s still the ever-floating possibility of Firefly returning, Arrested Development-style, with Wash as a robot, a clone, and/or a hologram, right? “I really think there’s a chance that it could happen,” Tudyk reaffirms. “I think that as we go forward, as it gets cheaper to shoot in digital … yeah, I hope so. We all want it.”

…Now, how about that Dollhouse movie?! No? Fine, we might have to let that one go.

Thank you to Alan Tudyk for the great interview – and if you like Firefly, you’ll want to keep your eye on Hypable in the next couple of months, because we’ve got some very fun things planned!

Stay tuned for the final part of our interview with Tudyk, where he previews his role in 42, the upcoming movie about baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

  • http://twitter.com/tintinsalz Christine Salz

    I just finished watching Firefly.. PLEASE tell me these things you have planned are going to include new episode because I died laughing at the last few episodes and I SERIOUSLY need it again

  • Jered Schander

    Can they please stop teasing us with this?

  • lego5ker

    I feel Dollhouse finished its story.

  • http://twitter.com/krikkitz zʇıʞʞıɹʞ

    I vote for robot husband of Zoe. That could work, right? Alan even has the experience, didn’t he do the robot in “I, Robot” ? Robot, with Alan’s holographed face… I like it!

  • charlton

    Man,I do miss Firefly.

  • Glaciusx

    YES. Bring back Firefly!!! If it comes back they need to make Nathan Fillion lose his clothes again. *___*

  • http://www.facebook.com/free2bu Richard Johnathan Frosolone

    Look…. it’s the future right ? So say you did put the band back together and cloning from DNA has finally been allowed and as long as Zoe is ok with it I think the Fans would be as well ! Just saying

    • http://www.facebook.com/free2bu Richard Johnathan Frosolone

      Oh and please Bring it back quick as my life depends on it ~ Thank you in advance

  • brainmist

    The crew fled Serenity immediately following Wash’s death. But it would have taken minutes for brain damage to set in. We know the Alliance was hot on their heels. They could have nabbed and cryo’ed Wash for regeneration and revivification in order to have a source of information in the case that they didn’t find River Tam with the rest of Serenity’s crew. We don’t know that his body was retrieved by Serenity’s crew, and, given that there were Reavers everywhere, it would certainly be understandable if they assumed his body’s disappearance meant he’d been made into food/clothes. And also understandable if they didn’t discuss it.

    • Delpheas

      YES!

  • Eaker82

    YOU DIED IN THE MOVIE STOP TURNING SHIT DOWN!

  • Delpheas

    As much as I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see more Dollhouse, I feel like the Epitaphs kinda closed it off. You could do a movie or mini-season about the war up to that point, but idk.

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around all the plot twists from the last few episodes. o.O

    But, yes more Firefly. Please God please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tdfugere Tiffany Fugère

    I told Alan years ago how he could come back …. as Zoe’s LoveBot!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ed.tittel Ed Tittel

    It could and perhap even should be crowdsource funded, like with KickStarter or something of that ilk. The heck with the studios. I’m in for at least $100 right here, right now. Let’s make it happen!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marla.paine Marla Paine

    We want Firefly back!

  • Ptrdnk

    Bring it back!

  • http://www.facebook.com/belinda.clifford.9 Belinda Clifford

    Wash could have a twin brother out there in the ‘verse. That always solved the problem on soap operas and since this is a horse opera in space…it should work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stacy.oconnell2 Stacy O’Connell

    The movie was set in the future right? Since two of the people (for those few people who haven’t seen it I will not state their names) were no longer on Serenity and living different lives. Couldn’t they start Firefly (if it is done again) from where the last episode ended and run it till the movie started? That way Wash would still be alive and the whole cast would be able to do it.

  • Chris

    If the twin brother soap opera bit works then so does the “Zoe rolls over and says to Wash… Honey, I just had the weirdest dream, you got skewered, we all almost died….”. The fans would be fine with it, the gang would be back together out in the black and all would be right with the Verse again.

    • TheRealTimewarp

      Or we say it was a clone that died and the real Wash is still alive

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryce.phillips.98 Bryce Phillips

    There is a simple solution to Firefly’s comeback. It can be made cheaper and the actors will never age. Two words: Animated Series. Wait wait, don’t leave yet. Bear with me. Imagine a dark, sketchy, stylized animation. Not CGI, not a cartoon, not even Anime, but something new, different. I’m picturing something like The Maxx, but less bizarre and with more motion. The Simpsons has been on for a million years with the same actors. The cast could record the dialogue in their free time between projects, they wouldn’t even need to be on the same coast. Cheaper, no scheduling conflicts, no time limit. Then they really couldn’t take the sky from us.

  • John Grotts

    This is a second time, I’ve gotten hooked on a show, that has been off the air long before I knew it existed…..

    Please, lets keep Sheldon happy and bring it back…………

  • TheRealTimewarp

    I’d like to see more Firefly but I can’t see it happening and till the day I see an actual Firefly Season 2 trailer I’m not getting my hopes up.

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