In the fallout of the success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter, it’s been actor Zachary Levi who’s has been most vocal about the possibility of following in their example. Levi’s show, the spy-rom-com Chuck, ended after five struggling seasons on NBC, but that doesn’t mean that fans, or Levi himself, don’t want more.
In fact, Levi is banking on it. In a recent conversation with Next Movie, Levi says that he’s getting ready to move forward with a Chuck Kickstarter and a Chuck movie, he’s just got to iron out the kinks with some of the other stakeholders. Here’s what Levi has to say:
“I’ve always thought doing a Chuck movie would be fun. If we had just gone straight to monetizing it and selling it directly to the fans then, we might still actually be on the air.
[But] there’s a lot of conversations that need to happen. I’m going to sit down with [producers] Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak and just kind of gauge their temperature on it. See how much they’d want to be involved. Of course, I’d only want to do it with the blessing of them, they created the show, and the blessing of Warner Bros.”
Now before you go hitting your local Subway to celebrate with a $5 foot-long, this is far from a done deal. Schwartz already commented on Twitter that a Chuck movie would take a load more capital to get going than a Veronica Mars movie, which came in at a relatively cheap $2 million. Of course, in the couple of weeks since the campaign began collecting its targeted amount in less than 24 hours, the money flow has slowed down to a crawl, struggling to cross the $4 million mark. One has to wonder what that might mean for Chuck or any other former TV turned indie movie project in the ether.
What to do you think, Bastards? Are you eagerly saving your pennies for the Chuck Kickstarter?
It wasn’t long since the invention of the marketable consumer video camera that fans found another use for the technology beyond preserving precious memories and the funny trivialities of everyday life. That’s right, were talking fan films, a niche culture that’s been growing and thriving thanks to easy distribution via the internet and the ever increasing availability of new technology and software to make production easier.
And since no art form is completely legitimized until someone makes a documentary about it, it seems some that one enterprising filmmaker is looking to give fan films their due. Directed by John E. Hudgens, Backyard Blockbusters pays tribute to the likes to Troops, Batman: Dead End, and Star Trek: Phase II, and manages to get some pretty interesting access and interviews in the process. The recently completed film is currently shopping for a festival run.
Here’s the film’s synopsis:
Did you ever see that movie where Batman fought a Predator? Or where kids remade “Raiders of the Lost Ark”? What about the fourth season of classic “Star Trek”? If none of these are familiar to you, that’s because they’re not studio projects, but fan films – and I’ve just finished and started touring film festivals with a documentary about these kinds of projects called “Backyard Blockbusters” – it looks at the history, influence, and copyright problems these types of projects face, and includes nearly everyone from the most famous, popular, and/or notable fan films, as well as notables from the original properties and production companies.
Below is the trailer for the film:
Currently, Backyard Blockbusters is trying to get into a documentary film festival held at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, a festival whose line-up is decided on votes based on viewing the film’s trailer on You Tube. Director Hudgens explains:
There’s a very cool screening opportunity coming up, but I need public help to get the film into it – the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood is holding a documentary film festival in November, and the selection process is being done online through public voting – and “Backyard Blockbusters” is one of the contenders.
They will be counting both the amount of views the competing trailers for the various films get on YouTube pages, as well as the amount of votes the films receive on a special Facebook page.
That Facebook link is here, so feel free to vote and help support this unique film project.
Disney’s Maleficent, a live-action take on the villainess from the animated 1959 movie Sleeping Beauty, is currently in post-production and getting ready for release next year. Meanwhile, Maleficent director Robert Stromberg is looking to the future and his follow-up project.
According to Variety, Stromberg will be making a film called Safari as his sophomore effort. The trade publication pitches Safari as,“Jurassic Park meets Avatar,” which conjures up an image of some planet somewhere where dinosaurs still run wild and free, until some evil corporation shows up and makes it a pen where rich bastards can pay to hunt them. Anyway, it’s got possibility.
The announcement of the film accompanied the official launch of Hydra Entertainment, a “development studio focused on producing live-action and CG movies.” Safari will be one of its first productions.