[Update: the campaign has now crossed the $1.3 million mark, breaking records in the process.]
The short-lived science fiction show Firefly aired for 14 episodes in 2002-2003 before being cancelled by Fox. Despite its short run, the series - starring Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres, Sean Maher, and Morena Baccarin among others - garnered an outspoken cult following. Because of the show’s support, many cast members reunited with Firefly creator Joss Whedon (The Avengers: Age of Ultron) for a movie continuation of the show, titled Serenity.
In 2013, the cult television series Veronica Mars was revitalized through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. As a result, many wondered whether Firefly could receive the same treatment, but Whedon warned at the time that it was “a different animal.” However, Fillion and Tudyk have turned to crowdfunding to launch a new web series, Con Man, that may interest fans of Firefly and Serenity.
Tudyk and Fillion launched an Indiegogo campaign for Con Man today and, as proof that love of their past collaboration remains strong, it has already raised over $830,000, surpassing their goal of $425,000. The web series was written by Tudyk and will be produced by Fillion along with sci-fi author PJ Haarsma (Rings of Orbis). Con Man will star Tudyk, Fillion, Firefly co-stars Torres and Maher, as well as sci-fi fan-favorites Seth Green (Family Guy), Felicia Day (Supernatural), Amy Acker (Person of Interest), and James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy).
According to the announcement video, there is as much as 120 minutes of content to be produced in the web series, though the first $425,000 will be put toward three 10-minute episodes. However, since the campaign reached $725,000, two more episodes were also funded. An official synopsis and poster (below) for Con Man were released when the Indiegogo campaign launched.
Read the official synopsis for Con Man:
“Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk) was a co-star on Spectrum, a sci-fi series which was canceled -Too Soon- yet became a cult classic. Wray’s good friend, Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion) starred in the series and has gone on to become a major movie star. While Jack enjoys the life of an A-lister, Wray tours the sci-fi circuit as a guest of conventions, comic book stores, and lots of pop culture events. The show will feature all the weird and crazy things that happen to Wray along the way to these events.”
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Between the premise - which draws directly from Tudyk and Fillion’s experiences at fan conventions - and the actors already on board the project, Con Man seems to be catering directly to fans of Firefly. Those who enjoyed Firefly and Serenity will likely be excited by Con Man since it returns to the idea of the cult sci-fi show in a way that doesn’t expand the lore, but does honor the series.
While the Veronica Mars film may have catered to fans too much (perhaps at the expense of those that had not seen the series), Con Man could appeal to anyone who attends conventions such as Comic-Con. Still, the web series seems to be created for fans who miss Firefly just as much as Fillion and Tudyk and are willing to donate their hard-earned money to see Con Man come to life.
What do you think of Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk reuniting for Con Man? Let us know in the comments!
Con Man has been fully funded. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more updates on the web series as they become available.