MST3K is an American comedy series from the late 1980s. Originally, the show featured a janitor (Hodgson) who was forced to watch low-budget films and riff on them. It’s had some starts and ends over the years, with Netflix picking it up for a pair of seasons in 2017 after its initial Kickstarter campaign.
MST3K (Mystery Science Theater 3000) is making a comeback. Once more.
Series creator Joel Hodgson is returning to the well that is Kickstarter in an attempt to fund the creation of additional episodes, but Hodgson isn’t stopping there. In short, his idea is to put the community in control of the future of MST3K:
- If enough of you want more MST3K, maybe we don’t need anyone to renew us.
- From now on, we want you to decide how long MST3K keeps going.
- We don’t need a network to “let us” make more MST3K. We can make it for you.
- When we do, you should be the first ones to see it.
Rather than having to rely on a distribution partner to allow them to keep going, he wants to create an online theater called the Gizmoplex to host live screenings, premieres and special events.
The thought of independently producing the show isn’t as “out there” as it may have been a decade ago, and there’s still a lot of momentum for the series. As of this writing, almost 9,800 supporters had pledged more than $1.8 million of the original $2 million target, with 29 days remaining.
Stretch goals will allow the production of additional episodes and shorts, as well as platform-specific Gizmoplex applications and live events.
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