Bryan Fuller of ‘Pushing Daisies’, Shawn Ryan of ‘Terriers’, and Mike Royce of ‘Men of a Certain Age’ React to the Veronica Mars Kickstarter Model
Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Joss Whedon has already admitted that a Firefly Kickstarter campaign isn’t likely to take flight anytime soon, but some of his colleagues sound a little more eager to take advantage of the new studio / crowdfunding hybrid model introduced by Veronica Mars.
Bryan Fuller, of Pushing Daisies fame, has already reached out to Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas to find out “how this thing works,” while Terriers‘ Shawn Ryan and Men of a Certain Age‘s Mike Royce have voiced their interest in the topic on Twitter. And since Thomas says Warner Bros. views his film as a “test case” for the new model, there’s reason to believe Ryan, Royce, and Fuller may actually be able to revive their beloved series if Veronica Mars proves a success. Hit the jump to keep reading.
At this point, no TV makers are ready to dive headfirst into the Veronica Mars-style crowdfunding yet. But there are a few who seem intrigued by it. One of those is Ryan, who actually floated the idea of Kickstarting a Terriers movie sequel several months ago.
Similarly, Royce confessed to flirting with the notion of resuscitating Men of a Certain Age the same way.
— Mike Royce (@MikeRoyce) March 14, 2013
Fuller, meanwhile, is taking a rather active interest in the new model. Thomas reveals that the Pushing Daisies creator has already gotten in touch.
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.
Groundbreaking as the Veronica Mars campaign is, though, the same method may not work for everyone. As productions go, Veronica Mars is a fairly low-budget one because there isn’t much in the way of special effects, complicated sets, or massive explosions. Not all shows or movies can be made so cheaply.
“When I saw [the campaign] online, I said to my agent immediately, ‘Can we do this with Pushing Daisies or Wonderfalls?’” Fuller told THR. “And he said, ‘Pushing Daisies is going to take a lot more than $2 million to make into a movie.’” Still, he’s optimistic that Veronica Mars could change things. “It’s going to be easier to get in line behind Veronica Mars,” he noted.
For his part, Thomas agrees.
I know… that Warner Bros. isn’t treating Veronica Mars like a one-off. I think they’re treating us like a guinea pig — in the best way. They want to see if this model works, and they made the calculated decision, and for a lot of the reasons you articulated in that story, that we were a good test case for this. We just happened to be the right show at the right time, got to be the first one out of the gate. I think Warner Bros., if t works, it works, and they could start doing more of these. And you know that if it works at one studio, that they’re not going to be the only studio in town that will be trying it.
What other shows would you pay money to bring back?