The Kickstarter campaign to revive Mystery Science Theater 3000 wrapped up Friday night, with $5,764,229 raised via Kickstarter. Combined with the revenue raised via the campaign’s “add on store,” the combined crowdfunding total ended up being over $6.3 million dollars.
The Kickstarter funds alone make the MST3K campaign the most successful Kickstarter in the Television and Films category (beating Veronica Mars soundly), and the combined total makes this the most successful television or film project in Crowdfunding history.
On this episode of the podcast we discuss the new Godzilla Resurgence teaser, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 trailer excites, the Batman v. Superman trailer confounds, Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s Kickstarter breaks records, some lady went and bit Norman Reedus at Walker Stalker Con, and Touhou Con needs to get their act together and pay back their artists.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Gen Prock is sitting in for Nick Izumi (who is off rehearsing a play). We tackle the full cast announcement of the revived MST3K, Frank Miller’s bizarre desire to make a fourth Dark Knight installment, the trailer for Captain America: Civil War, Supergirl getting a full season order, Kevin Bacon shopping around a new Tremors TV show, and what happened when Pher and Gen went to Daisho Con.
In an update to the ongoing MST3K Revival Kickstarter, series creator Joel Hodgson revealed the final new cast member for the returning series: Patton Oswalt.
Oswalt will be playing “TV’s Son of TV’s Frank,” the assistant Mad on the new series. He joins fellow mad Felicia Day’s Kinga Forrester, Jonah Ray as the new “test subject,” as well as the new ‘bot voices Baron Vaughn (Servo) and Hampton Yount (Crow).
Oswalt’s casting is a late addition to the show, as he hadn’t been approached until after the kickstarter had already begun (hence no fancy video revealing him), but his addition seems appropriate considering Oswalt’s considerable nerd-cred.
Last week we learned that comedian Jonah Ray would be taking over hosting duties on the revived MST3K (which has an ongoing Kickstarter). What we didn’t know was who would be the new “Mad,” or who would take over the voices of the ‘bots.
Well, that all changed today.
In an update to the crowdfunding campaign, Joel Hodgson revealed that the new Mad (named “Kinga Forrester”) would be played by none other than Geek & Sundry creator Felicia Day. He also revealed that Tom Servo and Crow would be played by comics Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount.
All are solid choices, and we’re all pretty excited about seeing them in the new episodes. Hodgson also let us know that Kinga Forrester will have an evil henchman (just as her predecessors did), but he’s keeping that last bit of casting information to himself right now.
One of the biggest questions fans have had since the official MST3K Kickstarter was launched is who is going to be the new host? Well, in an update earlier today we got our answer: Jonah Ray.
Jonah Ray is best known for his involvement with The Nerdist Podcast, and according to the update was approached by series creator Joel Hodgson to be the possible new host of Mystery Science Theater 3000 a year ago. Ray will play “Jonah Heston,” the latest test subject exiled to the Satellite of Love, and (as mentioned in some earlier comments by Hodgson) will wear a yellow jumpsuit (to contrast with Joel’s red and Mike’s green).
Still no word on who the new voices of Tom Servo and Crow are, nor who will be filling the shoes of the new “Mad” right now… but we’re excited.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we talk about the announcement of a new Star Trek TV series, MST3K’s Kickstarter return, ‘His Dark Materials’ being adapted by the BBC, NekoCon going insane, the amazing INDYpendent Show, and how Nick and Pher and going to Daisho Con.
To say Mystery Science Theater 3000 was one of the more formative television series for my sense of humor would be an understatement. The show is still regularly quoted by my closer friends, and I still regularly go back and watch old episodes of the show.
For the longest time, it seemed like bringing back the show was nigh impossible. After the show went off the air in 1999 the rights to the show were tied up. When both Mike Nelson and Joel Hodgson made both of their spiritual successors, they did so under very different branding. Seeing actual MST3K again seemed almost impossible…
Today, series creator Joel Hodgson launched a Kickstarter Campaign to fund a new season of the show. The rights have apparently been settled, and if they reach their $2 million goal they will produce three new episodes. If they cross that threshold, more episodes will be produced as well. Joel won’t be the host (nor Mike, who is not involved with this project), but instead a new human (yet to be chosen) will be stranded on the Satellite of Love alongside Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo (and we don’t know who’s voicing those two either).
But it’ll be MST3K — like real, genuine MST3K. And that’s pretty awesome.
There are a handful of things which have always been my go to “never gonna happen” metaphors. I mean sure, Duke Nukem Forever came out in 2011 — but I still had an official English translation of Mother and Shenmue 3 to have faith in the never-existence of. My world was simple to understand and everything made sense.
Well, E3 this year seems determined to upset my entire worldview. First, Mother has now come out for the Virtual Console. And if that wasn’t bad enough, now?
Technically an official Kickstarter for it was all that was announced, but since it got funded in less than nine hours, yeah — it’s happening. It’s totally happening. How the hell is this happening? The world no longer makes any god-damned sense.
Uwe Boll is best known for making some of the worst films to ever hit cinemas and DVD shelves. Besides that, he’s also best known for that time he challenged various critics of his to boxing matches.
So, y’know, we’re dealing with a really mature professional here.
Anyway, Boll has been recently trying to crowdfund a film called Rampage 3. I was unaware there was a Rampage and a Rampage 2 already, but I also have taste. After a massive failure of an Indiegogo campaign for the film, Boll decided to run a Kickstarter to get the film done… and while it still has a few days to go, it’s nowhere near its goal.
And Boll is pissed.
Yesterday, he put out the following video (warning, NSFW language):
I’m not sure what “Wizard in the Woods” movie he’s talking about (although if Kung Fury‘s David Sandberg made it, I would watch the crap out of it), but he is apparently unaware that most people just don’t want to pay money to see an Uwe Boll film. Sure, they might stream it on Netflix or watch it on Syfy — but we all know not to give him actual money.
Hopefully Boll does make good on his threats and quit making films.
It would really make all of our lives better.
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