At ease, Browncoasts. Just because the crowdfunding campaign for a Veronica Mars movie broke Kickstarter records — it’s exceeded its goal by $1.2 million, with 28 days to go! — doesn’t mean you’ll be seeing that Serenity sequel any sooner.
“My fourth feeling when I read about [the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign] was a kind of dread. Because I realized the only thing that would be on everybody’s mind right now,” Joss Whedon told BuzzFeed. “I’ve said repeatedly that I would love to make another movie with these guys, and that remains the case. It also remains the case that I’m booked up by Marvel for the next three years, and that I haven’t even been able to get Dr. Horrible 2 off the ground because of that. So I don’t even entertain the notion of entertaining the notion of doing this, and won’t. Couple years from now, when Nathan [Fillion]’s no longer [on] Castle and I’m no longer the Tom Hagen of the Marvel Universe and making a giant movie, we might look and see where the market is then. But right now, it’s a complete non-Kickstarter for me.”
Beyond that issue of availability, there’s the matter of the budget: Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas thinks he’ll be able to tell his story for about $2 million, a micro-budget by movie standards. However, a Serenity sequel would cost many times that (though, considering technological advancements, it’d likely be considerably less than the estimated $39 million spent on the 2005 original).
“For me, [Kickstarter] doesn’t just open the floodgates,” Whedon said. “God knows, things are cheaper now than when we made even Serenity. Good effects can be done in a different manner. Nor is that universe all about spectacle either. But it is a tad more expensive — and a little all-consuming! And of course, there’s the other fear: What if it’s not that good? I can do something that’s not that good — that’s fine. But if I do that and it’s not that good, I’m going to feel really stupid. Because I’m too busy to deal with it, I did have a moment of just, ‘Oh my God! I’m in trouble now.’ I’ve always said, ‘Yes, I’d love to do another one,’ and it’s still true. But I sort of got slapped in the face with it. Or probably will.”
However, the success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter could be a promising sign for another canceled genre show. Maybe?
“… To you Chucksters, believe that this news only bolsters my faith that I can help bring you a #ChuckMovie,” Chuck star Zachary Levi wrote on Twitter. “Be patient. Stay tuned.”
That’s good news, right? Right?