Taking a note from Veronica Mars’ successful movie campaign, Chuck star Zachary Levi seems like he’s willing to throw a lasso made out of Kickstarter funds around his show in an effort to bring it back from the dead.
While on Twitter, Levi fired off two tweets – one congratulating the V-Mars team and another urging Chuck fans to be patient.
2nd, to you Chucksters, believe that this news only bolsters my faith that I can help bring you a #ChuckMovie. Be patient. Stay tuned.— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) March 13, 2013
Those tweets were only the beginning of Levi’s campaign, though. The actor, who has previously voiced support for a Kickstarted Chuck film, also spoke to EW about the Chuck movie, and his past efforts to put the lights back on at the Buy More.
“I went to both [executive producer] Chris Fedak and [Warner Bros. Television president] Peter Roth at the very end of the fifth season and said, ‘Hey what if we made an online movie and just sold it directly to fans? We could keep this going. It could be fun.’”
Obviously, the project didn’t happen, but Levi says, “Even though that was only a few years ago, we’re obviously at a different time.”
Levi also spoke about the possibility of finding a willing partner in the studio behind Chuck - Warner Bros.
“All I can say at this point is that because Veronica Mars, like Chuck, is a Warner Bros. [production], and because Warner Bros. has now opened that gate, I feel confident in being able to get the same results for a Chuck movie.”
Despite Levi’s admirable enthusiasm and the Warner Bros. connection, the actor does acknowledge that nothing is officially in motion yet. Naturally, there are other cast members to woo (though, Captain Awesome seems to be on-board), a script to write, and while Levi was the face of Chuck, there is still the matter of getting Fedak and Josh Schwartz involved.
An executive producer on Hart of Dixie, Schwartz isn’t hurting for work and he seemed slightly non-committal on Twitter, joking about the size of the budget needed for a Chuck film and then letting fans know that he missed them, without really commenting on if he would be interested in the project if Levi’s efforts yielded results.
Speculating on why Schwartz feels the need to refrain from fully voicing his support is futile, but one reason could be the fact that Chuck came to a fitting end following five – hard fought – seasons on NBC.
Unlike some of the other shows that Kickstarter-enthusiastic fans have discussed, there is already closure for Chuck viewers. So, while those fans surely want more, and while they’re notorious for their ability to move mountains to get to more Chuck - standing out as a large factor in the shows ability to get to that 5th season – one has to wonder if that closure may be something that would give some fans pause.
One way or the other, there seems to be virtually no chance that this is the last we’ve heard about a Chuck movie, and we’ll be sure to keep an eye on this story as it develops.