Syfy UK has picked up the UK rights to Joss Whedon’s short-lived sci-fi series Firefly and the feature film sequel Serenity, TVWise has learned.
Firefly follows Captain Malcolm Reynolds and the crew of Serenity, a small transport spaceship that does not have a planet to call home. Reynolds, a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the totalitarian governed Alliance, will undertake any job – legal or not – to stay afloat and keep his crew fed.
The series hails from Buffy creator Joss Whedon and aired one season on Fox back in 2003, before being cancelled due to low ratings. Firefly was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau and Ron Glass.
Following the cancellation, Universal Pictures optioned the feature film rights to the series and produced Serenity, a sequel to Firefly which was released in 2005. The film saw the entire main cast reprise their roles for a story which delved into the back story of the “reavers”, a key foe from the series.
Syfy UK will begin airing Firefly on weekdays in the 9pm slot from Monday August 25th, with Serenity following on Saturday September 13th at 9pm.