Joel Robinson may be getting shot back into space to once again be forced to watch cheesy movies. But if he does depends on whether fans want to pay for the trip.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator Joel Hodgson unveiled a Kickstarter program today that would finance a new season of the popular cult comedy series in which he played a helpless average Joe shot into space by two mad scientists who forced him, and his two robot companions, to watch bad movies as some sort of ill-defined experiment. (The premise is fully explained in the show’s opening titles as seen below.)
In just over an hour from Hodgson announcing the project, the Kickstarter page has noted nearly $100,000 in pledges.
Now, so far, of the many talented folks who worked on MST3K‘s original run across two networks and 10 years worth of shows, only Hodgson is being noted as involved. Will others jump in as well? When asked that question on his Facebook page, Hodgson stated “developing, keep watching the kickstarter for updates as we go.”
If the other original creative folks from the series were to return, they certainly wouldn’t be out of practice. The show’s head writer, and on screen host stepping in after Hodgson’s departure from the series, Mike Nelson, has been doing pretty well for himself with his similar-themed RiffTrax which he produces in tandem with former MST3K writer/performers Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. Hodgson, himself, fronted the Cinematic Titanic live riffing shows which also featured MST3K alums Trace Beaulieu, Josh Weinstein, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl. Of course, there could be new writers and performers added into the mix. Hodgson himself taught a movie riffing college course in Pennsylvania a few years back and could certainly mentor a new generation of riffers.
Which just leaves one question? What is the 21st century equivalent of “Keep Circulating the tapes”? Keep torrenting the files?