The success of the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter has been one of the biggest talking points over the past few days, and it’s not just good news for Veronica Mars fans. The campaign, which passed its $2 million goal in less than 10 hours, has got a lot of people asking whether the crowd-funding approach could resurrect any other TV shows that were canceled before their time. Joss Whedon, who was almost immediately inundated by fans with questions about a follow-up to Serenity, described the Veronica Mars Kickstarter as “a game-changer.”
Bryan Fuller, creator of short-lived but well-loved series such as Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls, has also apparently been inspired by Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell’s bold decision to create a fan-funded project, and has responded to questions about whether he plans to do something similar for his cancelled show Pushing Daisies.
Like the other shows created by Fuller, Pushing Daisies took a light-hearted approach to its rather grim subject manner – telling the story of a sweet-natured pie-maker called Ned, who has the power to bring the dead back to life with a single touch … and kill them again permanently with another. Ned manages this blessing/curse for many years, until one day his childhood sweetheart, Chuck, is murdered. Ned chooses to save her from death’s clutches, but is stuck with the dilemma of never again being able to touch the love of his life.
We might not have seen the last of Pushing Daisies, as it now seems that Rob Thomas and Bryan Fuller are putting their heads together. In an interview with HitFix, Thomas revealed that Fuller had e-mailed him shortly after news of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign took over the Internet:
“I did get an email from Bryan Fuller earlier today saying, ‘Hey, can you jump on the phone with me at some point? I know you’re busy, but I would love to talk to you about how this thing works.’ And I know it was specifically for Pushing Daisies.”
It wouldn’t be the first of Fuller’s shows to get a follow-up release after cancellation: Dead Like Me received a direct-to-video movie in 2009 but Fuller was not involved in its production and actors Mandy Patinkin and Laura Harris were written out and recast, respectively. Pushing Daisies was canceled by ABC at the end of its second season due to poor ratings, and a series of comic books based on the show were eventually postponed due to the loss of their publisher.
The fact that Fuller sounds so eager to learn from Thomas’ approach is exciting news for fans of Ned and Chuck’s story, though we’ll have to wait and see if cast members Lee Pace and Anna Friel express an interest in returning to the Pie Hole. Pace was recently name-dropped for a possible role in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation – a part that eventually went to Parks and Recreation alum Chris Pratt – unless Marvel is still interested in the actor for another part (perhaps Ant-Man?). Either way, demand for Pace is on the rise – so we’ll have to see if he could even make time for a Pushing Daisies return.
Would you be interested in a continuation of Pushing Daisies and – more importantly – would you be willing to help fund it? Could Kickstarter be the kiss of life for our favourite cancelled TV shows? Let us know what you think in the comments. Donations are still open for the Veronica Mars Kickstarter, and we’ll let you know if a similar page gets created for Pushing Daisies.