Has Veronica Mars changed the game?
After that canceled television show came back to life recently when fans funded a movie through a Kickstarter campaign, other showrunners of beloved television series that were declared deceased before their time have seen the potential to finish telling their stories.
Is Pushing Daisies the next to get Kickstarted? Bryan Fuller, the creator of that program, recently emailed Mars creator Rob Thomas, asking him to give him a call so he can explain Kickstarter to Fuller and tell him how it works. Thomas added that the question was specifically linked to Pushing Daisies.
Pushing Daisies was cancelled in 2009 after two seasons. Fuller was not ready to say goodbye.
"When I saw [the campaign] online [for Veronica Mars], I said to my agent immediately, 'Can we do this with Pushing Daisies or Wonderfalls?' And he said, 'Pushing Daisies is going to take a lot more than $2 million to make into a 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," Fuller recently said.
Daunting does not mean impossible.
"I never assumed it was a realistic option until Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell pulled it off," he added. "It’s going to be easier to get in line behind Veronica Mars. The question is whether that next show is going to be as well-suited to this process. I imagine that it’s quite a bit of legwork and loopholes and legalities to navigate ... If I weren’t in Toronto finishing up on Hannibal, I’d be knocking on doors at Warner Brothers, asking, ‘Is this a viable plan for Pushing Daisies?”
Sounds like the series has a heartbeat still - even if it is hard to hear.