UPDATED 1pm PST: The campaign has now gone over its intended goal of $425,000 and is quickly approaching donations numbering in the $500,000 range. It’s pretty safe to say that this is going to be a reality, and very soon.
Original Story: “Firefly” stars Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, who played Captain Mal Reynolds and pilot Hoban “Wash” Washburne, respectively, have consistently been some of the more vocal members of the “Firefly” cast in expressing enthusiasm for the work they did on TV and in the 2005 film Serenity. While the prospect of some sort of “Firefly” revival has been lingering for the last decade, nothing has come to fruition. Now, though, these two actors are going to try and create a spiritual successor to that beloved property by creating a new comedy series about actors in the vibrant convention scene.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Fillion and Tudyk have announced their intention to create “Con Man,” a web series created by Tudyk and starring he and Fillion, with some notable guest stars already lined up. In the pitch, Tudyk describes the premise of “Con Man” by tying it to the world of both fandom and stardom, and the crazy atmosphere of a big convention. He says,
It’s about the convention world. My character, Wray Nerely, was on a science fiction show called ‘Spectrum,’ that was canceled too soon, and now he goes to conventions, to sign head shots, and meet fans, and do panels. Nathan’s character, Jack Moore, who was the captain of the spaceship on Spectrum, has gone on to incredible action-hero stardom, like Matt Damon. My character is frustrated with his situation and frustrated by Jack’s stardom. We follow Wray’s story as he goes to the conventions and does video game voiceovers and we are going to populate it with sci-fi actors and people that you will find at conventions. Zany hi-jinks ensue!
The campaign, as of this writing, is almost assured complete success. With a $425,000 funding goal and having just begun today, it has already reached over $400,000, which absolutely demonstrates that the project has an immense amount of fan interest. The “Con Man” campaign is running on Indiegogo, if you’re interested in monitoring its progress or actually donating to it. In the meantime, you can see the project’s video pitch below.
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