Interview: Joss Whedon

By SHARON STEEL  |  February 9, 2009

Didn't you say you'd never work with Fox again afterFirefly's cancellation?
There are people who were involved in Firefly with whom I will never work again. I left the Fox deal after Firefly because I didn't have any ideas for TV shows. I was heartbroken about Firefly in a very classical sense. I left in the last year of the deal — which meant that I gave them a bunch of money. It wasn't so much giving them the finger, it was just, "I can't help you right now." The people on the network side are long gone, and it's a different situation. I have, ironically, run into some of the same problems that I ran into last time, and cursed myself for a fool. But it's never simple. If you go in thinking it's going to be, you're going to fail.

Was the Firefly heartbreak sort of like recovering from a really crappy break-up? Do you ever worry you're in for another round of hell?
It's not like a break-up. It's like a death. A break-up makes you feel bad about yourself. A death means the world is dimmed, because something that you loved is gone and will never return. I think a break-up is underestimating what I feel every day about Firefly. Hopefully, had it gone on, it would have become insufferable. I like to think about it that way.

We need to know: what are your plans for Dr. Horrible's Sing-AlongBlog, and will there ever be a sequel to Serenity?
I keep waiting for someone to call me and say, "My God, that Serenity DVD has made so much money, why don't you make another one?" Till they do, I can't. So, no joy there. For Dr. Horrible, we definitely want to pursue it, and we're just figuring out the time frame and the venue. I'm happy to say all my writers and actors are currently working. That makes it very hard, which is a good thing.

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