“We’ve got movie sign!”
Mystery Science Theater 3000 has reached its full Kickstarter funding goal, stunningly raising more than $6 million by its Friday night deadline.
The revival of the movie-mocking cult favorite has broken the record for the largest crowd-funded video project in online history, according to UPI.
The MST3k tally included $5,764,229, plus an extra $600,000 raised through merchandise sales in the Kickstarter Add-On store. That surpasses the previous record-setter Veronica Mars, which raised $5,702,153 for a movie in 2013.
What this means, according to star Joel Hodgson, is the production will be able to shoot 14 all-new episodes next year, including a holiday special.
MST3k was canceled in 1999 after 10 seasons. The reboot effort was aided by enthusiastic celebrity supporters such as Jerry Seinfeld, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jack Black, who may appear in cameo roles. Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day will join the show’s cast (along with Hodgson, Jonah Ray, Baron Vaughn, and Hampton Yount).
UPI has some additional details. Below is the next generation cast photo (Vaughn and Yount will play two of the robot voices) which will bring fans some snarky B-movie commentary in the not-too-distant future: