Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Wonderfalls) is eying Kickstarter as a means of reviving his short-lived, though much-loved TV series Pushing Daisies.
The series ran for two half-seasons on ABC back in 2007, and starred Lee Pace (who was recently cast as the villain in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) as Ned, a pie-maker / private detective with the power to resurrect the dead with a single touch. One day, he resurrects his childhood love, Chuck, and their romance is immediately rekindled. Unfortunately, the two can never touch, as second touch from Ned makes dead things dead again, forever.
Obviously, Fuller’s plan is inspired by Rob Thomas, who successfully crowd-sourced funding for a movie based on his similarly-cancelled TV series, Veronica Mars. That Kickstarter campaign pulled in its target of $2 million in less than 12 hours, and went on to take $5.7.
In an interview with Den of Geek, Bryan Fuller revealed what the basic plot of the film would entail:
If we were able to pull off the Kickstarter, there’s a very fun zombie film that starts with a flash-flood in a cemetery and basically is about those denizens of that cemetery having to kill Ned before he can kill them, so it’s a different kind of zombie movie.
Fuller’s been talking about bringing the show back since it was first cancelled. Over the years he’s promised a comic book series, a cable miniseries, a stage musical, etc. but we’d like to think that this latest idea, which relies on the commitment of fans rather than the whimsical generosity of large media companies, is more promising.