With a “Veronica Mars” movie on its way thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, many are wondering if other unfortunately canceled shows will have renewed life thanks to the fundraising tool. One in particular that fans are hopeful about is Bryan Fuller‘s “Pushing Daisies.”
In an interview with Film School Rejects, Fuller reveals that he’d need a pretty hefty budget in order to bring “Pushing Daisies” to the big screen — definitely more than the “Veronica Mars” movie needed. That being said, Fuller admits that he “would love to revisit both ‘Wonderfalls’ and ‘Pushing Daisies,’ because they were very positive creative experiences for me.” As he told The Hollywood Reporter recently, his first reaction to hearing the “Veronica Mars” movie news was to ask his agent if he could do something similar.
“I had actually started writing a ‘Pushing Daisies’ film, and I had the first act of it. I thought it was my pallet cleanser after writing, for the better part of the year now, about really, really dark material,” Fuller tells Film School Rejects, referring to his new NBC series “Hannibal.” “I definitely want to have the conversations with the studio. It would need a bigger budget than ‘Veronica Mars,’ because that’s a style of noir that is the gravy for the storytelling. You have the wonderful dialog, fantastic cast, and moody cinema that gives you noir.”
Just how much would he need? According to Fuller, the movie would take somewhere between $10 million to $15 million to make, something that he admits would be “harder to ask” from fans. The “Veronica Mars” Kickstarter currently has raised almost $4 million.
The other problem is that the entire cast and crew is not yet on board with a “Pushing Daisies” movie. Leading man Lee Pace recently joined AMC’s “Halt & Catch Fire,” and even director Barry Sonnenfeld has his reservations.
“I emailed Barry Sonnenfeld first, asking, ‘Would you direct it?’ He said, ‘Well, let’s go to the studio first,'” Fuller says with a laugh. “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.'”
He continues, “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.”
“Pushing Daisies” ran on ABC from 2007 to 2009. It starred Pace, Anna Friel, Chenoweth and Chi McBride.