Damn you, Rob Thomas for getting the hopes up of so many! Innocent people like Bryan Fuller are getting big ideas that their failed cult classic series may have a hope in hell of getting a movie made of their project.
For Fuller, whose new series (Young) Hannibal premieres next week on NBC, that project in question to be Kickstarted is Pushing Daisies, the romantic comedy about a pie-maker with the ability to bring people back from the dead, who resurrects the love of his life knowing that he can never touch her again without killing her permanently. It’s almost hard to believe that the studio, Warner Bros., wouldn’t want to greenlight it straight up, right?
But seriously, a lot of people want to see a Pushing Daisies movie, which aired for two season on ABC from 2007 to 2009. In a recent interview with Film School Rejects, Fuller talked about his progress in bringing Pushing Daisies to the big screen, and highlights some of the logistical concerns in making the film.
“With Pushing Daisies, we had to build a world. We have to build the pie hole, visual effects, have zombie makeup, and there’s a lot more production elements involved. We made the one-hour pilot for $6 million. Every [other] episode was about $3m to make for the series. To do a movie, I believe we would need between $10-15 million to do it, and that’s harder to ask for than what Veronica Mars is asking for…
I emailed Barry Sonnenfeld first, asking, ‘Would you direct it?’ He said, ‘Well, let’s go to the studio first.’ [Laughs] Yeah, let’s do this one step at a time. I mean, with Veronica Mars they laid out their plan, had all their ducks in a row, and knew what they were doing by the time they hit Kickstarter. I have a lot of catchup to do to see what is possible for Pushing Daisies, what the studio involvement would be, and what the studio’s appetite would be. I have a lot to learn from Rob Thomas on how they pulled it off, and to see if I can do the same with Pushing Daisies.
I would love to return to that world. It’s a very happy place for me. I crammed that show with so many things I love, from dogs to pies to zombies to Kristin Chenoweth. When I was writing Hannibal, I had nowhere to go to give me light. When I was working on Pushing Daisies, if it ever got tough, I was surrounded by things that could make me smile.”
So for the sake of Bryan Fuller’s mental health encourage him in his quest to make a Pushing Daisies movie. Come on people, they only need $10 million to make it happen. Anyone? Hello?