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Not All Canceled Shows Are Prime For A Kickstarter Says Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Creator

This story is very relavent to my interests considering I just started a rewatch of Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and have been re-lamenting its early demise. With the huge success of the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter, everyone is wondering which fan-favorite will be next to get a new lease on life. Could TSCC be one of them? 

Since the Veronica Mars Kickstarter was announced, we’ve heard from a few creators on how it could affect their old projects. Of course everyone was screaming at Joss Whedon about Firefly but he was all, “Hey, I’m kinda busy at the moment, you know?” Then Pushing DaisiesBryan Fuller chimed in the possibility of reviving that franchise but figured out it would take a lot more than $2 million.

So what about Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles? Considering that show relied a great deal on effects makeup and CGI, I’d guess it would be out of the question for a fan-supported Kickstarter. But what did creator Josh Friedman have to say?

To be fair, the rights to the Terminator franchise have been all over the map lately and the last we heard was a Terminator 5 movie was still happening.

Friedman also tweeted, “I could hand @AnnapurnaPics $15mil and it’d be about $150mil short of what they want to do. They want to make Terminator movies, not TSCC…Kickstarter is irrelevant to the TSCC conversation. A TSCC movie runs counter to the interest of the rights holders as they see it.”

“Appreciate the emails/tweets, etc. But VM a very different deal. Again, thx for loving the show. But I think what u got is what you got,” he later added, “I know it’s harsh but I can’t imagine a scenario where there will ever be more TSCC in any form. We have what we have.”

Bottom line is, just because VMars fans wanted a VMars film and made it happen, doesn’t mean fans are going to be able to get everything they’ve been wishing for. Also, if you’ve never read Friedman’s blog post about the effect TSCC demise had on him, I highly recommend it. It’s heartbreaking but really shows how extreme passion can have no affect on Hollywood executives.

(via Blastr)

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  • Kim Pittman

    Yeah, VM worked BECAUSE the studio is letting them use the rights.

  • Alex Cranz

    Considering the hot mess that are the Terminator rights currently I’m still gobsmacked that TSCC was made in the first place. Seriously there is nothing more bungled or fascinating as far as rights are concerned. Even the hot mess that is the Marvel universe split between Sony and Marvel/Disney is easier to understand.

  • Magic Xylophone

    Someone opting to NOT stretch out the Terminator franchise interminably? Did I wake up in the Nega-verse or something?

  • Jonny Rice

    Not every cancelled property needs a reunion film. I think most fans understand this. Considering TSCC was based on a film franchise, it makes sense that the studio/rights holders wouldn’t have much interest in pursuing it further.

    Regardless, the Kickstarter model is years away from a big-budget, sci-fi property. Decades, maybe.

    That Season 2 finale, though. Wow. I loved every minute of it.

  • The Gaf

    This is what the Kickstarter COMICS section is for!!! MAKE IT HAPPEN PEOPLE

  • The Gaf

    Actually, he should contact Harlan Ellison and do some sort of TSCC from Demon with a Glass Hand, and bypass Terminator altogether!

  • John Wao

    The lesson in all this is watch the show when it’s on the air not wait for it to get cancelled.

  • Not So Young Democrat

    Plus Lena Headey is presumably under contract to Game of Thrones for the next couple of years.

  • Anonymous

    There were people who were suggesting they do a Kickstarter for Young Justice and the rights issue mentioned here was immediately the first thing that came to mind. Not everyone is going to be able to just up and restart the franchise just because someone raised money online, unfortunately.

  • Brian

    Yeah, Veronica Mars is a combination of cheap to produce, driven by one creator, and not cared about by the rights holders that makes it work for this sort of thing. It worked for that, it’s not a magic band-aid for cancellation.

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  • Anonymous

    There’s only one woman standing in the way of Warner Bros. and a TSCC continuation. Megan Ellison.

  • Ingrid A. Heimdal

    Pick up firefly…. As a show… Imagine the fundings of that kickstarter….