After Veronica Mars flew past its Kickstarter target within a day, many a fan of a long gone TV show have been asking the question of if they might be able to save their own show themselves and not have to rely on the evil executives to do it for them.
Pushing Daisies and Firefly have immediately come to mind for many online, with Joss Whedon himself having been asked about the news and if this could mean another trip on the good ship Serenity.
When questioned by Buzzfeed about what the news might mean for Firefly he said “I realized the only thing that would be on everybody's mind right now. I've said repeatedly that I would love to make another movie with these guys, and that remains the case. It also remains the case that I'm booked up by Marvel for the next three years, and that I haven't even been able to get Dr. Horrible 2 off the ground because of that.
“So I don't even entertain the notion of entertaining the notion of doing this, and won't. Couple years from now, when Nathan [Fillion]'s no longer [on]Castle and I'm no longer the Tom Hagen of the Marvel Universe and making a giant movie, we might look and see where the market is then. But right now, it's a complete non-Kickstarter for me.”
Kickstarter might be all about the money, but getting these projects up and running again isn’t. For fans to truly get what they want, they’re going to not only need the original cast and crew to have free enough schedules to accommodate it, but also have enough passion to go back to that watering hole.
Veronica Mars is the perfect example of this. The cast is still very much in love with the show and wants to do something new and interesting with it, with 90% of them with enough time on there hands to be able to do exactly that. That Kristen Bell still hardly takes any motivation to start gushing about Veronica Mars and that Rob Thomas Joel Silver have never given up hope and been badgering executives for years are a massive part of this deal.
That Kristen Bell is now, to some extent, a name you can hang a movie on helps enormously too. Imagine trying to market a movie for mainstream distribution without a star that at least a good amount of people know. It would be almost impossible.
While Kickstarter may have given the scores of Veronica Mars fans out there something to treasure once again (by which I mean I’m excited beyond all logical measure to see Veronica coming back), it may just be a factor of having all the dominoes lined up and just needing the final push.