Did you hear about the amazing feat “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas managed via Kickstarter, the site used to garner money for projects? He set up a two million dollar donation goal and, if he was to reach it within thirty days or so, he vowed to fans that a movie for the beloved series would follow. Amazingly, the campaign reached its goal after only ten hours. To date, it has raised 3.6 million dollars — with 24 days left.
It has created buzz all throughout Hollywood. For a show that averaged 2.5 million viewers during its 2004-07 run, the breakneck speed of monetary pledges is especially outstanding. It’s resulted in other creative types wondering if they could duplicate the campaign’s success, including Bryan Fuller, who – as we know – has been trying hard to bring “Pushing Daisies” back to life in one form or another. (He’s already written the first act of a would-be film.)
Bryan has since stated that he’s also interested in trying out Kickstarter to test the waters. Although a “Pushing Daisies” movie would be a far more costly endeavor than “Veronica Mars” (due to CGI and prosthetics, Bryan estimates they’d need more like a $10 million budget), the fan donation campaign – if a success – would at least give him the backing to Warner Brothers to continue pursuing a movie; proving that there is still interest in the show. Check out what he said to The Hollywood Reporter on the subject:
“When I saw [the Kickstarter campaign] online, I said to my agent immediately, ‘Can we do this with “Pushing Daisies” or “Wonderfalls”? And he said, ‘”Pushing Daisies” is going to take a lot more than $2 million to make into a movie.'”
“‘Veronica Mars’ hinges on its charming cast and writing and isn’t as effects-laden and dependent on huge productions. You can make a $2 million or $4 million ‘Veronica Mars’ movie. For something like ‘Pushing Daisies,’ which is more elaborate visually and also would require extensive prosthetics and those sorts of complicating production elements, it’s a little more daunting.”
“I never assumed it was a realistic option until Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell pulled it off. It’s going to be easier to get in line behind ‘Veronica Mars.’ The question is whether that next show is going to be as well-suited to this process. I imagine that it’s quite a bit of legwork and loopholes and legalities to navigate. I have so many questions for Rob Thomas — I sent him an e-mail earlier today.”
“If I weren’t in Toronto finishing up on ‘Hannibal,’ I’d be knocking on doors at Warner Brothers, asking, ‘Is this a viable plan for Pushing Daisies’?”
So, what say you, fans: would you donate to a Kickstarter campaign to see a “Pushing Daisies” movie?