With the Veronica Mars movie a go thanks to fans and Kickstarter, now more projects from dearly departed beloved cult TV series are now eyeing the "online threshold pledge system" to fund movies, and one of the most exciting projects looking to cash in on this craze could be Bryan Fuller’s wonderful and whimsical Pushing Daisies.
Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas told Hit Fix that Bryan Fuller was already picking his brain:
I did get an email from Bryan Fuller earlier today saying, ‘Hey, can you jump on the phone with me at some point? I know you’re busy, but I would love to talk to you about how this thing works.’ And I know it was specifically for Pushing Daisies.
Then Bryan Fuller spoke to The Hollywood Reporter and admitted:
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…” 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.
A little more daunting but not in the realm of the impossible, amiright?
“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?’ ”
Fuller then goes on to say that Pushing Daisies, which starred Hobbit actor Lee Pace as Ned the Pie Maker, who could resurrect the dead with a single touch, would need closer to $10 million (way more than the $2 million Veronica Mars needed) in order to make the movie, because the sets were destroyed after the series was canceled back in 2009 and would need to be rebuilt from scratch.
He also added that major studios like Warner Bros., which owns the rights to both Veronica Mars and Pushing Daisies, are wary of putting money into TV series they viewed as failures at the time.
We don’t know about you guys, but if Bryan Fuller would push for a Pushing Daisies movie on Kickstarter, we’d be totally in on it.
Other people who want a piece of the Kickstarter pie include Chuck actor Zachary Levi, who said:
“If I had the power and the rights, I would have done it myself already. So much of the budget goes into advertising. If we came out with a Chuck movie now, I don't know how many more people who didn't watch Chuck would watch this movie. You don't need to do a theatrical release. You're doing it for the fans. You'd want to do an online release, and if people want to pay extra dollars to get the DVD and Blu-ray, you can make money from those purchases. I would keep overhead as low as possible [with] social marketing.”
Also chiming in is The Avengers/Buffy/Angel/Firefly director Joss Whedon, who talked about the possibilities (or not) of having another go at Firefly, and you can read all about his thoughts on the subject here.
How about it, do you want a piece of the pie? Would you love to see Bryan Fuller start a campaign to see Pushing Daisies and its Pie Maker and his beloved Chuck (Anna Friel) get a second chance?