Will there ever be a second season of Firefly? Is it possible? Season 1 must be at least ten years old now. Are there any precedents where this kind of thing has happened before, following such a long hiatus?
Will there ever be a second season of Firefly?
Anyone that has the ability to say 'yes' to that has not yet said 'yes' so at the moment, there is no sign that there will be.
When asked, the typical answer appears to be 'not likely'. A recent interview with Nathan Fillion:
I honestly don't think that there's going to be another Firefly iteration.
In that same interview Alan Tudyk states:
I'm for a Firefly reboot, personally. But it's going to have to be in a while. It's going to take a little time. I like the idea of it in another 10 years or so. We can pick up with Captain Mal, living on a moon somewhere…
So...maybe in another decade? :)
Is it possible?
Anything is possible.
Are there any precedents where this kind of thing has happened before, following a long hiatus?
Arrested development = Season 3 ended in 2006. Season 4 started in 2013.
The X-Files = Season 9 ended in 2002. New miniseries starting in 2013.
24 = Season 8 ended in 2010. New miniseries started in 2014.
Futurama = Season 4 ended in 2003. Season 5 began in 2008.
Many more examples can be found at TVTropes list of uncancelled shows.
Apparently Fox are keen on the idea, and have expressed their interest; but only as long as the original creator agrees to be involved.
According to Fox President Of Entertainment David Madden, the option for more Firefly is on the table. There's only one condition:
Joss Whedon has to be on board if it's going to get made.
Fox doesn't want to get involved without him. They know it could be a hit, but they aren't willing to drop the show's identity.
Madden was sure enough about his decision to mention that he wouldn't even consider the possibility without Whedon's involvement.
So, if you're hoping for more Firefly, look to Joss Whedon. It seems to be in his hands now.