Joss Whedon is a busy man, what yesterday’s world premiere of The Avengers. But the director/producer/writer took time out to participate in a Q&A session on Reddit on Tuesday. As you’d expect, he was asked a ton of questions about his past, current, and future projects. Read on to find out what he had to say about Firefly Season 2, Angel Season 6, Dollhouse Season 3 — and more.
On where the Dollhouse story would have gone had it not be canceled after two seasons:
It would have been a much slower odyssey of Echo’s self-creation and liberation, peppered with astonishing perversions.
On whether he would have brought Fred back if Angel had survived beyond 5 seasons:
Season six of Angel would have kicked all manner of ass. And Illyria would have manifested as Fred often enough to become very confused about her identity. And now I’m sad again.
On the difficulty of reviving Firefly (note: the stars of the sci-fi western have since moved on to other projects):
Step 2: Cancel Castle. Step 3: Cancel Homeland. Step 4: Generally destroy everybody’s careers. Step 5: Avoid Step 2.
On his favorite and most difficult characters to write:
Favorite characters? Jeez. Spike, Andrew, Illyria, River, Captain Hammer, Loki, the Cheese Man… hell, I love them all, or I wouldn’t write them. But I tend to the left of center.
The hardest was always Angel. How to make a decent, handsome, stalwart hero interesting — tough. Angelus, on the other hand…
On whether he’d ever return to TV:
I miss TV. Not the hours, but the format. If I felt I could actually do the work I set out to, I’d definitely go back for a spell.
On his dream project, if money were not an issue:
I have many dream projects. But all the money in the world means just one thing: spaceships. Spaceships in trouble.
On the prospect of starting his own TV station without the restrictions of the traditional networks:
I would LOVE to follow in the footsteps of Felicia Day — had in fact pitched this concept to my agent years ago. But right now i’m fielding five movies and I’m realizing that there is such a thing as over-reaching, unless you’re Felicia Day…
Head over to Reddit for more.
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