The Kickstarter campaign to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been a roaring success, having earned over $3.2 million at the time of this writing, with 11 days to go. It is just shy of its six episode stretch goal, and a full 12 episodes at $5.5 million doesn't seem completely out of reach.
Even though MST3K won't be signing any contracts until the Kickstarter has ended, it has already added a famous modern geek icon in Felicia Day to the cast. Now word has come of another addition in the form of well-known geek and actor: Patton Oswalt.
Oswalt will play TV's Son of TV's Frank, which as you might guess is the son of TV's Frank from the original series. TV's Frank was played by Frank Conniff in the original run, and served as the assistant to Dr. Forrester after the first season. Oswalt will take over the role, assisting Felicia Day's Kinga Forrester in serving up bad films for new host Jonah Ray to riff on.
According to creator Joel Hodgson, he hadn't even approached Oswalt about taking part when he launched the Kickstarter campaign. He had thought about trying to bring him on as a writer, and eventually started picturing him in TV's Frank's costume.
"I figured maybe he’d be Frank’s son, or at least a clone. But yeah: the idea of Patton wearing black lab assistant’s garb, with a big mound of silver hair and a spitcurl…? It was just really funny to me, in a visual / cross-referential / meta kind of way."
Hodgson approached Oswalt with the idea, and the comedian was reportedly enthusiastic. He even came up with the name for the character.
The return of MST3K is like a dream come true for fans of the original series, especially with the talent that's coming on board. Both Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt are well known within a number of fandoms, and really enjoy being a part of geek culture. Given the show's cult classic status, it's likely that the new episodes will serve to further enhance their geek cred.
With a new host and other casting changes, there may be some fans who are less than thrilled with the latest developments in the revival. There's still a lot that isn't known about the return as well, including the final episode count. Still, for excited fans and even those who are on the fence, the casting news coming from the Satellite of Love shows that they're at least trying to make a show that's faithful to the original run.
The Kickstarter campaign to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000 runs until December 12th; production on the new episodes will commence in 2016.
Source: Joel Hodgson