WHY IT WILL WORK | Back in 2000, Judd Apatow was a relative newbie struggling to keep his series on the air. Now, he’s the man. What studio in its right mind would turn him down? The cast members – all of whom have gone on to do great things themselves – have made their passion for a Freaks film public, so getting the McKinley High kids back together should be a cakewalk. (Unlike, say, working up the nerve to ask Cindy Sanders to the homecoming dance.)
Kickstart YES!: Wonderfalls
WHY IT WILL WORK | Grads Caroline Dhavernas and Lee Pace recently booked big-name projects (NBC’s Hannibal and AMC’s Halt & Catch Fire pilot, respectively), which would lend a lot of buzz to a big-screen adaptation. What better way to spend a hiatus from their current jobs by revisiting the one that gave them both their break? Add in that creator Bryan Fuller has been a vocal advocate for reviving his past projects, and it’s only a matter of time before Jaye’s lion figurine starts dispensing wisdom again.
Kickstart YES!: Pushing Daisies
WHY IT WILL WORK | Take the previous Wonderfalls slide, subtract Caroline Dhavernas, add Anna Friel and — voila — a PD movie is born!
Kickstart YES!: Gilmore Girls
WHY IT WILL WORK | Lauren Graham got the Kickstarter ball rolling via Twitter, telling fans that only series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino “can start the kick.” And we’re betting AS-P – who having left Gilmore before its final season wasn’t around to give it a proper send-off — would want to finish what she started. (There’s a reason she refuses divulge those elusive final three words to Ausiello. Hello!). The one question mark: Would Melissa McCarthy’s A-list ascension force TPTB to recast Sookie?
Kickstart YES!: Terriers
WHY IT WILL WORK | Not only does FX’s gone-before-its-time buddy drama boast a passionate fan base, but the show’s creator, Shawn Ryan, declared on Twitter that Veronica Mars‘ success story could prove to be a “model for a Terriers wrap up film.” This one’s as close to a slam dunk as they come.
Kickstart YES!: Deadwood
WHY IT WILL WORK | Fans were promised — and then denied — a wrap-up film by HBO, and they’re still steamed about it. A kickstarter campaign that capitalizes on that anger could yield a tidy sum. Sure, the cast has all moved on, but we’re betting series creator David Milch could mount a very persuasive case for their return.
Kickstart YES!: The Comeback
WHY IT WILL WORK | Creators Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow have always sounded willing to revisit the brutal hilarity of HBO’s underappreciated, Emmy-nominated comedy about faded sitcom star Valerie Cherish, and with a cast comprised mostly of chameleonic character actors, the cost wouldn’t be prohibitive. Plus, with the explosion of social media and the further rise of celebreality TV since The Comeback‘s cancellation in 2005, there’d be no shortage of fodder for King and Kudrow’s scathing insights into the desperate quest for fame at any cost.
Kickstart NO!: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
WHY IT WON’T WORK | For one, you’re going to want Joss Whedon hands-on with any follow-up, and the guy’s kinda busy these days. As is, his most recent pet project, the low-budget Much Ado About Nothing, took a year-and-half to come into being. Two, most every major cast member is busy starring in an existing series (Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter) or steadily guest-starring (James Marsters, Michelle Trachtenberg). Lastly, lest you want the Scooby Gang battling a 100-percent humanoid, lo-fi baddie, $2 million is a pretty small “stake.”
Kickstart NO!: Chuck
WHY IT WON’T WORK | First and foremost, fans were given a decent amount of closure with the well-designed series finale — especially if you subscribe to the theory that Sarah did get her memories back. Secondly, unless you are copacetic with Team Bartowski sitting around jibber-jabbering in an actual, rented-out Best Buy and not engaging in the occasional action/fight sequence, Kickstarter cash won’t cut it.
Kickstart NO!: Fringe
WHY IT WON’T WORK | At this moment, it’s simply too soon. We’ve had no time to miss these characters. Plus, the series finale brought the final season full circle, so unless you want to “Search for Walter!” for 90 minutes, a must-see storyline may be hard to come by. But really, the budget’s the dreambuster here, if a proper studio isn’t game to finance the trademark far-out FX.