If I won the lottery, I would arrange a meeting with Joss Whedon and make a pitch for giving him cash to make more episodes of Firefly, with the caveat that he had complete creative control, and that I had none. All I would ask for myself is a set visit. It's a dream, but it's a nice dream.
When Firefly ended, it had a budget of a million dollars an episode. Assuming I won $50 to $80 million, I'd give him $12 million for 12 episodes to do the season in the Doctor Who model, then release it in the Doctor Horrible method: on Hulu or a dedicated site for free for a limited time. Then we'd sell the entire season on iTunes and direct-order DVD. All profits go into paying the cast and crew and, if it did well enough, the next season.
Apparently, I'm not the only person who had this thought.
In an interview in Entertainment Weekly, Nathan Fillion said: "If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet."
Captain Tightpants seems to have forgotten the devotion and drive of the Browncoats, because there is now a website and Facebook campaign to help him do it.
One fan already figured out how much cash would be needed, before this even became a thing. We Browncoats are
The website has a FAQ, a Facebook page, inspirational art, and is gathering Internet steam quickly. Someone bought Fillion a lottery ticket.
Nathan is supposed to be interviewed about the whole shin-dig soon.
Until then, everyone is asked to stay calm and keep their cashey-money in their pockets.
The whole thing started when Science Channel announced they will air Firefly reruns. That's why it got a blurb in Entertainment Weekly. The nerdosphere reacted like they'd been personally attended to by Inara. So, granted, some perspective is in order.
There's the idea of giving money to charity instead, which was addressed in the case of the Robocop statue. The Help Nathan Buy Firefly folks address that topic in the FAQ, via this argument.
Fox is not known for selling off its properties to anyone waving a check. If that was true, RevolutionSF's Joe Crowe would own Herman's Head.
But those are just details.
If there's one fan base out there devoted enough to do this, it's the Browncoats. Take me out into the black. Tell 'em Firefly may be coming back.