Suspecting that FIREFLY fans are excited about a Kickstarter option, Joss Whedon was asked his thoughts on the matter. Don’t hold your breath yet gang…
A week ago a Brusimm reader sent me a note about the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign saying
“Looks like the fans came through. Now will WB?”
Back when he sent that note, the Kickstarter fund raising campaign was at $2 million. While I’m writing this, it’s broaching the $3.5 mark. Wow! And yes, with that kind of money in the bank, WB said they’ll go ahead with a movie.
That created all kinds of fervor amongst the fan bases of many different franchises, and as I fully expected, articles are popping up all over the place about this, that and the other thing.
The latest bit that sparked this bit of writing was a traffic-netting piece about Zachary Levi tossing out a Chuck movie, via Kickstarter. And Pushing Daisies, or any title of a cancelled TV show you can think of.
But then I also saw a piece about Joss Whedon being asked about getting Firefly off the ground with a Kickstarter campaign.
First… more than likely, that would rock and would more than likely be a huge and successful campaign.
Even if he was considering it, it might be a while. Yes, I said, even if he was considering it.
When asked about a Kickstarter campaign for Firefly, he had what fans might consider to be harsh words, from a harsh reality of it. That being of several factors:
- He’d love to make another movie. (I had not thought of a new movie, but a new series. That chosen phrase said a lot to me.)
- He’s fully booked by Marvel for the next three years.
- Priority commitments with Marvel have kept Dr. Horrible 2 stalled.
Due to the above points, Whedon said that…
“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.”
And that, dear Firefly fans, is the pragmatic perspective on the matter, from Whedon’s mouth.
It’s not what anyone wants to hear about the potential of a new Firefly or Serenity movie, but there it is. The man is moving forward with his career and if there’s a moment where everything comes together for him, I am sure he will make a new movie.
But for the time being, we get the benefit of seeing what’s on his mind and having it committed to film for the Whedonverse to appreciate.
As far as Kickstarter goes, it could very well start a trend or bring to bear the fact that fans have more power these days than the studios are used to.
This Veronica Mars event has raised awareness to many potentials. But this kind of $3+ million success doesn’t mean this will happen for many projects. Mars was a well pitched campaign that was received well by a willing audience.
This shows studios that there’s an outsource well that can be tapped for what ever project. And fans need to be aware of one thing, if I’m not mistaken, contributing is a one-way street.
And what if studios start to wonder if they can finance movies from various crowd-sourcing? I’m not a fan of that idea, since fans already finance movies via a post-production function called movie tickets. But then again, subscription services like cable TV used to promise no ads because we’re paying for them. We see how that went.
But for now, Veronica Mars fans are probably ecstatic. You can’t blame them.
Now, we need other movie makers to step up and offer their visions of other projects long dead but much appreciated.