Producer Bryan Fuller may be a busy guy these days with his work on NBC’s Hannibal series and the upcoming High Moon for SyFy, but that doesn’t mean he has forgotten about past projects. Specifically, the cancelled-too-soon ABC series Pushing Daisies, a supernatural romance which centered on a pie-maker (Lee Pace) whose touch could reanimate the dead.
Speaking with Broadway World, Fuller stated that he is still exploring ways to bring the series back, and one of those ways might be on the big screen.
I’ve had conversations very recently with Barry Sonnenfeld about financing a film, and with Kristin Chenoweth and Warner Brothers about developing a stage musical.
(Broadway star Chenoweth was a cast member on the series, which very quickly discovered that it was a good idea to sometimes allow her to sing on the show.)
Pushing Daisies had a strong start, but when the 2007-2008 Writers Guild Strike interrupted its first season, the audience never seemed to come back when the show returned for a second season in the fall of 2008 and it was cancelled. But a continuation has remained a talked about possibility almost since the moment the show was cancelled. More recently, Fuller talked about the possibility of using Kickstarter to fund a film, similar to the way that the upcoming Veronica Mars film turned to fans for funding, though it seems as if nothing has come from that. There has also been a graphic novel continuation that was in production, but outside of at least a few pages being completed, no one knows the current status of the project.
Given the show’s whimsical nature, which while very much at odds with its premise still managed to strike just the right chord, I suppose a stage musical wouldn’t be too out of the question. But do fans really want to see other actors inhabiting the characters after they were played so well by the series’s original cast? Perhaps a compromise can be struck and the Pushing Daisies continuation can be an original movie musical?