Casey Hudson just let the cat out of the bag. The Mass Effect movie (which was in development limbo) will indeed be represented at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego. The problem, it appears as though the panel will more than likely take place in the dreaded Hall-H. In recent years Hall-H has become nearly impossible to step foot in due to die-hard fans (Twilight/etc) camping out overnight in order to see their favorite stars. Here is what we know so far.
Nerd HQ strikes again! When Chuck’s Zachary Levi asked us all on Twitter a few weeks ago who we’d like to see at the Nerd-HQ, I quickly replied “Firefly!”. I figured since Zach was good friends with co-star Adam Baldwin..it could happen.. and wouldn’t you know it? It did! Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, and Alan Tudyk were nice enough to show up and hang out with about 150 fans that lucked into attending the two hour event at Nerd HQ (Fillion had to cancel and later had his own panel..sigh). Zach, being a huge Firefly fan himself stuck around and watched the panel with the rest of us while eating some breakfast and relaxing. Firefly is just one of those shows that seems to get better with age, and even though it was cancelled before it completed its first season, fans have kept the ship flying by supporting the franchise in every way possible. Go Browncoats!
Questions: Here are some of the highlights of panel’s more interesting questions.
Q: Who would play the young version of your character in a flashback-year one scenario? A: Jewel Staite – played by Jewel Staite because she doesn’t age. Alan Tudyk – Played by Macaulay Culkin because he’s a ginger. Adam Baldwin – played by Fred Savage from The Wonder Years (for no apparent reason).
Q: On the likelihood of a movie sequel: A: The cast seem willing to do another movie if the funding can be found (a sentiment also shared by Whedon). Baldwin goes on to say that the ship is probably the most expensive part of the show and costs over 2-million dollars to build. The ship was also destroyed after Firefly was cancelled, and then destroyed again after Serenity’s lackluster box-office.
Q: On actor input into character: Suggestions were welcomed but often not used. Tudyk went on to describe a “pitch” he gave to Whedon in which Wash removes his shirt revealing a collection of prison tattoos from the roughest prison in ‘the verse’. Tudyk also detailed an exchange between Wash and Jane lifting weights only to have the weights fall on Wash killing him. Poor Wash.
After sitting through the Firefly panel at NERD HQ and Joss Whedon’s panel the following day, one things was obvious, everyone, including Whedon, wants a Serenity sequel. The only thing holding back the production is money…a lot of money. Although Nathan Fillion stated in the past that he doesn’t want fans funding the next film, I doubt they’re listening.. Anyone have about 30 million laying around?
Check out our interview with Jewel Staite HERE