Amid unsubstantiated rumors of Firefly getting a reboot on Disney+, Firefly is getting a sequel of sorts as a new comic book series. In the works at BOOM! Studios, Firefly: A Brand New Verse moves the story ahead two decades and introduces a new cast of characters, though Easter eggs and references to the short-lived TV series appear to still be factored into the story. It's not quite the same as a new reboot or sequel series on television, but it still may be worth checking out for longtime Firefly fans. Josh Lee Gordon (Firefly: Bad Company) writes the comic with Fabiana Mascolo providing the artwork.
Per the official synopsis, the story is set 20 years after the events of Serenity with the Serenity back in operation with a new captain, Emma --- the daughter of Wash and Zo. The old crew of Serenity has "gone their own way and now Emma is working to prove herself to Zo, alongside a new crew of castaways and misfits just trying to stay afloat. But when Serenity takes a job from a familiar face, they discover that their new, living, breathing cargo is far more than they bargained for...and might bring them into conflict with Alliance once again!"
Firefly was created by Joss Whedon and aired for just one season on Fox in 2002. It starred Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and Ron Glass. Despite its early cancelation, the show was averaging strong ratings and even stronger sales when it was later released on DVD. It also won an Emmy for its special effects and has developed a large cult following in the years since it was canceled.
Set in the year 2517, Firefly follows the renegade crew that lives on the spaceship Serenity. After the collapse of the Earth, humans found a new solar system with hundreds of new Earths. After the two central planets form the Alliance with the goal of assuming complete control over the entire solar system, the Serenity remains in space to avoid living under their rule. The 2005 movie Serenity continued the Firefly story after the show was canceled.
Multiple literary adaptations have been released to further the story of Firefly. Between 2006 and 2008, the mini-series Serenity: Those Left Behind and Serenity: Better Days were published. Whedon also explored other unrealized story ideas in the one-shot Serenity books The Shepherd's Tale, Downtime and the Other Half, and Float Out. The six-issue series Serenity: Leaves on the Wind was also released in 2014 and a series of canon novels from Titan Books have also been published in recent years.
Recently, rumors began making the rounds about a potential reboot of Firefly in development at Disney+. According to the rumor, which was first reported by the website Giant Freakin Robot, the series was set to be completely reimagined as a family-friendly sci-fi show with no connections to the original show. The rumor could not be verified by any official sources, but the report was enough to get some fans talking about the possibility and many were crying foul.
Firefly: A Brand New Verse will debut its first issue on March 10, 2021. The information about the new comic comes from Previews World.