March 17 2013

Pushing Daisies Kickstarter? Doubtful Due to Cost

Pushing Daisies

If you’re holding your breath for Pushing Daisies to show up on Kickstarter ala Veronica Mars, don’t hold your breath.

You can’t swing a canceled TV show the past couple days without hitting someone discussing bringing a TV show back to life via Kickstarter. Thanks to the success of the Veronica Mars project, it seems to be the only thing anyone can talk about right now. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bryan Fuller immediately called up his agent and inquired about if there was any hope of bringing back Pushing Daisies or Wonderfalls, but things don’t look too hopeful.

While I never watched Wonderfalls, I was a huge fan of Pushing Daisies, and I understand why this can’t be. The show was a visually complex show on top of being wonderfully written and acted. The average episode ran around $3 million to produce, so a movie would easily push to around $10 million or more. “Veronica Mars hinges on its charming cast and writing and isn’t as effects-laden and dependent on huge productions,” Fuller told the Reporter. “You can make a $2 million or $4 million Veronica Mars movie. For something like Pushing Daisies, which is more elaborate visually and also would require extensive prosthetics and those sorts of complicating production elements, it’s a little more daunting.”

The sad reality is, the Veronica Mars project has been a blessing and a curse. While it’s great news for fans of that series, it may have made backers of other dead series a bit too hopeful once again. TV shows are very complex beasts, and just because you want to do something doesn’t mean you can snap your fingers and make it happen. Often times there are multiple companies holding on to various portions of the intellectual property and all of them have to agree to something. There is also the matter of bringing the cast back together. With a TV series you have an economy of scale because you know you can spread the cost of something out over 13 to 22 episodes, with a movie it’s a shot and you’re done situation.

While I would love to see more of Pushing Daisies, I also understand why I can’t. Sadly I think fans of other series are also just going to have to accept that until a Kickstarter project appears, it’s just best to assume it will never happen.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter .

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