You have to give it to TV show fans, they can be as fickled bunch but for Veronica Mars the fans came out in force and just blew away a Kickstarter record. In the first day of putting up a Kickstater campaign for the making of a Veronica Mars movie, in just half that day fans came on and raised $3 million dollars making the Veronica Mars Movie Campaign a history maker for Kickstarter.
As of this writing there are almost 60 thousand contributors to campaign and they are well on their way to raising $5 Million. Okay, it’s Veronica Mars, okay we’re talking low budget and there may be a question of shooting schedules (a lot of the cast are in current series.) This is not the only time Fans got to at least get an ending to a favorite series. Fan reaction gave Farscape a 4-hour ending, gave Firefly a movie, gave Dollhouse an extra season, saved Community.
While the “Bring Firefly Back” campaign started by an off handed comment from Nathan Fillion caused an online campaign that didn’t go anywhere – mostly because there was no actual campaign from the makers of the show – it is one of a very few exception of the new rule of how media will be decided. Fans don’t just have a say as a demographic on a Neelson Rating chart anymore, they have an actual say in what the future of any franchise could be.
Good Times – The Movie?
Scott Rudin, producers of such films as Social Network, Money Ball and The Fantastic Mr. Fox has bought the rights to the 1970’s show, Good Times, and has decided that it should be a movie.
Sony Pictures is giving the movie the green light and according to reports it’s expected to be a movie about the Civil Right era – which would ground it to about the time the actual sitcom aired (which was February of 1974 until August of 1979.) No cast has been announced yet but it would not be a surprise to see Tyler Perry cast in the role of Floria.
Turtles Get Sexy
Looks like Megan Fox and Michael Bay have kissed and made up from what ever went on during Transformers 3, because eveyone is reporting that Megan Fox will play April O’Neal in the upcoming Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtle film. This, of course, gives those who already hates the reboot another reason to hate it even more.
According to reports Fox was blown away by director Jonathan Liebesman’s storyboard designs for the Turtles, which we hope he put online some time soon. There were earlier reports that the production had stalled but it looks like things are moving forward since casting continues.
For the record, and to the haters, Megan Fox is hella-hot and even if we at the Hideout do not agree with the change in the Turtle’s origin, having her on screen is almost worth the price of admission.
According to ET, Mark Hamill is in talks to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in the next Star Wars movie. For those who are taking a break from the cave they are living in, Disney is developing the next set of Star Wars films after purchasing the rights for 4 billion dollars from Lucasfilms. Hamil said, “They’re talking to us. George (Lucas) wanted to know whether we’d be interested. He said that if we didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t cast other actors in our parts, they’d just write us out. I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts. We’re in the stage where they want us to go and meet Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both had meetings set that were postponed–on their end, not mine. They busier than I am.” He also say that they wanted to go back to “the way it was, in the sense that ours (the original trilogy) was much more carefree, lighthearted and humorous… and another thing I’d want to make sure that we would have the whole gang back. Are Carrie, Harrison, Billy Dee, and Tony Daniels, everybody that’s still around from the original returning?”
No deals have been made but the rumor mill has stated that Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are also in talk to come back to their roles. No word yet on how many of the original cast will be coming back or what the plot will be, but so far thing look as if they are gong in the right direction.