After years of silence, Veronica Mars will finally make it to the big screen, all thanks to a massively successful Kickstarter campaign. But there's no reason why this needs to be the only show to make the leap via crowdfunding. Lots of other shows that deserve movies could use our help as well.
By Evan Saathoff
Once upon a time there was this show called LOST, which captured the attention of almost every human with a television. But as the show entered its home stretch, people were bored -- even angry. With the help of Kickstarter, perhaps the show could earn one more chance to leave people with the bang they deserved rather than the confusing letdown they got.
Angel ended prematurely, but before Joss Whedon and company were able to give their noble vampire a proper sendoff. It just so happens that this sendoff cuts to black as Angel prepares to do battle with a giant dragon. We are only human. This massive dragon fight must be seen on the big screen.
Few shows have been cut down so cruelly as Deadwood. The series finished a stellar third season not with a definitive climax but with a confident promise of greater things to come. And then…nothing. For a while we were teased by the possibility of a Deadwood movie to help tie up loose ends, but that fell through as well. Now it's time to get back on the horse.
What? Firefly already got a movie! But Serenity was so good! Unfortunately, ripping Joss Whedon away from the Marvel movie machine is easier said than done. But money talks, and if we can crowdsource enough dough, we might finally win ourselves a Firefly adventure where River Tam actually remains relatively coherent throughout. That alone would make it worth the effort.
Clerks: The Animated Series
Have you fallen out of love with Kevin Smith? It happens. But if you ever get the urge to revisit the man at this best, have a look at his all too brief Clerks: The Animated Series. It is without question the funniest thing he has ever produced. The show was shot down long before its prime, which makes it a perfect candidate for Kickstardom. Forget all about Clerks III. This is the largely hypothetical future project that deserves rabid fan attention.
Freaks and Geeks
Pretty much everyone involved in this beloved show has gone on to super fame and fortune, so a reunion movie is not likely in the cards. But few shows beg for continuation like this one. We already missed the college years with most of this crew, which means a revisit would likely revolve around late-20s malaise. That sounds pretty awesome. Well, probably more sad than awesome. But still, awesome.
Not only is Community still on the air, it is both healthier and funnier than it has been in a while. Nevertheless, few shows have taken as many lumps as this one, so it only makes sense that we all get working on a movie Kickstarter campaign ASAP.
Heat Vision and Jack
You can't get canceled any earlier than Heat Vision and Jack, which didn't even make it to air. This rejected Ben Stiller-directed pilot stars Jack Black as an astronaut who fights crime with the help of his talking motorcycle voiced by Owen Wilson. While such a premise may have been too goofy for television in 1999. Today it at least would have aired a few episodes before being yanked off TV. Either way, it deserves a modest Kickstarter movie.
Ever since its cancelation, fans have longed for an Arrested Development film. They apparently want one behind the scenes as well since the entire fourth season on Netflix totally lead up to a movie adventure that does not yet exist, even though everyone's saying it will happen. We could leave this potential film to its own Hollywood fate, or we could take action and vote with our wallets to help ensure the Bluths live to see another day.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Most of these choices are unlikely, so why not embrace the exercise's fantasy and suggest something almost completely impossible? Star Trek: DS9's cast has aged way too much for a revisit to offer the same feel, the story ended at a pretty satisfying spot, and J.J. Abrams' big Star Trek reboot kind of eliminates the idea. But still, that The Next Generation crew got four movies while DS9's cast didn't even get one is a travesty.