Firefly is never going to be revived, but fans hoping to see stars Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk reunited onscreen will get their wish. The pair’s proposed online comedy series, Con Man, a comedic look at life as a science fiction actor on the convention circuit, has broken multiple funding records on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, and will now see at least 11 episodes produced.
Con Man will center around Tudyk’s Wray Nerely, the former lead in a quickly-cancelled science fiction series set aboard a starship, whose career has since stalled. While he now makes a living primarily through convention appearances, his friend and former costar Jack Moore (Fillion) has gone on to become a major celebrity. That’s superficially similar to what happened in real life after Firefly‘s 2002 cancellation – Fillion currently stars in ABC’s Castle, currently in its 7th season, while Tudyk has had a less visible career as a prolific voice actor with less frequent on-camera appearances in film and television.
Pitched on a tiny budget of $425K for three episodes, the Indiegogo campaign, launched on Wednesday, passed the $1 million mark in less than 24 hours. Since then it’s set records for highest-funded web series within 24 hours, and highest-ever funded web series, on all crowdsourcing platforms. As of right now, fans have contributed $1.6 million, with 28 days left before the fundraising period ends. In addition to 11-episodes now funded, confirmed guest stars include Sean Maher, Gina Torres, James Gunn, Seth Green, Felicia Day, and Amy Acker. If the fundraiser surpasses $1.7 million, two additional episodes will be produced, one of which will be a complete episode of “Spectrum”, the in-universe cult series.
In addition to starring, Tudyk is writing and directing, while Fillion is producing along with author PJ Haarsma. The series will premiere on Vimeo this summer, date TBD.