With the Veronica Mars movie having had a healthy opening weekend (only $2 million but an average per theater that beats most of the top 10) and rumors of a sequel, perhaps dependent on digital sales (# 39 on Amazon Instant Video), it seems like a good time to look again at a Chuck movie’s prospects.
In case you didn’t know Zachary Levi is doing what he considers a test-run at crowd-sourcing a Chuck movie by attempting to crowd-source his Comic-Con satellite convention Nerd HQ at I Want My Nerd HQ. And he’s now come out and said it explicitly. If he can’t rally enough support among his roughly half million twitter and Facebook followers and fans to get more than 7,000 backers he’s not going to go through the disappointment twice. If this fails, the Chuck movie is a non-starter. Join me after the jump to see what we can do.
I spent last weekend enjoying the Veronica Mars movie. It was everything I could have hoped for. Rob Thomas’ wit and gift for snappy dialog, the cast chemistry, a bit of redemption for a lot of characters in need of some, and a satisfying ending that hints at some future adventure in case of a sequel. The movie hit the sweet spot between fan-service and pandering so perfectly, you just have to give the whole cast and crew credit for the amazing results of their labor of love.
I’d like to be able to write the same about a Chuck movie some day. I may not get the chance. To paraphrase Zac in a Kevin & Bean interview March 13th:
A lot of fans keep asking me, does this come with a Chuck movie? Well look, my plan has always been to make a Chuck movie. But a Chuck movie will cost 5 million at least, so I need to be able show the people in power that own Chuck that, hey I can at least raise 1 million so can you trust me with trying to raise 5 million? If i can’t raise 1 million now, I don’t now if they ever can believe that I can go and make a Chuck movie so if you are out there and wonder why you should donate, just donate and help me.
Now on Facebook:
Lastly, I know most of you probably follow me on here because of your love of “Chuck”, and I’m incredibly grateful for that. As you know, I have been vocal about my desire to make a “Chuck” movie at some point, and have reached out to those that control the rights about doing such a thing.
Please hear what I’m about to say very clearly. No one has promised to give me the rights if I can crowd fund NerdHQ, and they haven’t said that they won’t give me the rights if I can’t crowd fund NerdHQ. But I believe with all my heart that if I can’t get you to support this vision of NerdHQ, I won’t be making a “Chuck” movie.
And I wouldn’t blame him. I totally understand. Why tempt fate and have your hopes and dreams crushed again when that fanatical fan base decided to take a powder the first time you asked for just a little back. And it is just a little, $5 from half the people who follow him on twitter and we’re there. Boom. Campaign over.
Nerds, we aren’t even close. To get there we have to average $1,000.00 in donations per hour for the next 38 days.
That may seem daunting, but we can’t let the number scare us. In its first 12 hours the Veronica Mars Kickstarter averaged close to $170,000.00 per hour. This is doable. All we need to worry about is letting every Chuck fan know this is important to the movie. Sitting around waiting for the movie crowd-source isn’t an option, this is the down payment. If this effort fails there will never be one. There are millions of Chuck fans and all we need are about 200,000 willing to give $5 each.
Zac has a vision of a new way of doing things, of bringing the artist and the fans closer together, of freeing both artist and fan from the confines of the present system and allowing a free exchange back and forth without the layers of middlemen taking their cut and demanding their input. And god bless him he has faith in people.
It sucks to see that faith being crushed.
Want to do something about it? Check out The Nerd Machine YouTube channel. If you see any value or derive any pleasure from any of the videos, give, and spread the word.
I am seeing, across the web, a startling (to me at least) lack of awareness of what Nerd HQ is and what it does. This is the third in a series of posts about Zac’s effort to fund Nerd HQ. The first is Nerd Power, Updated and the second is I Want My Nerd HQ. Read them before deciding Nerd HQ is just a party for the people in San Diego and has nothing to give to the fan not going to Comic-Con. Visit The Nerd Machine’s YouTube channel, and realize that Zac is fronting his own money in past Nerd HQ’s to give the fans that for free, hoping that sponsorship dollars come in in sufficient quantities to cover his expenses. And last year he took a bath on it. Help Zac keep that dream alive, Chuck movie or not on its own merits, or do it just to make the down payment for that movie, but help him because he needs our help and is asking for the fans to return the love.