‘Pushing Daisies’ Movie Kickstarter Needs Way More Money Than ‘Veronica Mars’
Though no TV series has officially won the race to be the next ‘Veronica Mars,’ reviving a dormant property with a fan-funded feature film, cancelled ABC dramedy ‘Pushing Daisies‘ ranks among those leading the charge. Series creator and ‘Hannibal‘ helmer Bryan Fuller has been vocal about the possibility of a ‘Pushing Daisies’ Kickstarter project, but will it prove too expensive to attempt? Find out what Bryan Fuller has to say inside!
Given the wild success of the ‘Veronica Mars’ movie Kickstarter, it’s only a matter of time before another fan-favorite rises from the ashes to herald its own movement toward a feature film. Joss Whedon has denounced the possibility of a ‘Firefly’ revival, while ‘Chuck’ star Zachary Levi remains vocal about a similar revival, but what of fellow fan-favorite ‘Pushing Daisies?’
After some initial chatter over Twitter, Bryan Fuller spoke to Film School Rejects about the true progress of the possibility, noting that the pilot episode of ‘Pushing Daisies’ alone cost three times what ‘Veronica Mars’ sought to make its movie.
With Pushing Daisies, we had to build a world. We have to build the pie hole, visual effects, have zombie makeup, and there’s a lot more production elements involved. We made the one-hour pilot for $6 million. Every [other] episode was about $3m to make for the series. To do a movie, I believe we would need between $10-15 million to do it, and that’s harder to ask for than what Veronica Mars is asking for…
I emailed Barry Sonnenfeld first, asking, ‘Would you direct it?’ He said, ‘Well, let’s go to the studio first.’ [Laughs] Yeah, let’s do this one step at a time. I mean, with Veronica Mars they laid out their plan, had all their ducks in a row, and knew what they were doing by the time they hit Kickstarter. I have a lot of catchup to do to see what is possible for Pushing Daisies, what the studio involvement would be, and what the studio’s appetite would be. I have a lot to learn from Rob Thomas on how they pulled it off, and to see if I can do the same with Pushing Daisies.
These days, Fuller has his hands full with NBC’s forthcoming ‘Hannibal,’ but time will tell if ‘Pushing Daisies’ can spring back to life as fans so eagerly hope. What say you? Would you contribute to see a ‘Pushing Daisies’ movie happen, even if the asking price was significantly higher than ‘Veronica Mars?’