I don’t have a source for this, but… can it be?
Joel Hodgson recently did an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, largely as promotion for the resurrection of MST3K. Though I would, of course, recommend reading the AMA for yourself, I thought I’d sift through it and highlight some of the most interesting parts.
- All the new films will be in widescreen. (“better-looking bad movies”)
- The new cast has already been chosen. In fact, the new host can be seen in the Kickstarter video. It’s unclear whether Crow and Servo’s new voices were in the video. Either way, we’ll meet the new cast soon.
- The reboot will probably be shot in Los Angeles.
- Joel broke down how the Kickstarter’s $2 million would be used. He used this handy dandy infographic to illustrate.
- He wants the new MST3K to last another 30 years.
- The reboot isn’t about an MST3K reunion, it’s about new episodes.
- The new Mad will be the “offspring” of Clayton Forrester.
All in all, a fairly informative session focusing more on the new than the old. Though, at one point, a Reddit user asked for an episode recommendation and Joel fired back with season nine’s The Final Sacrifice, which I thought was interesting.
Not much to say about this one. Color me disappointed. This is beginning to look a lot like a fresh reboot of the show, both in front of and behind the camera, with Joel being the only returning staff member. I’m trying to remain hopeful, but a 100% fresh reboot isn’t really what I was hoping for.
Still no word from Frank, Kevin, Paul, Josh, or Mary Jo.
Mike Nelson and Bill Corbett recently took to Facebook and Twitter, respectively, to let fans know that they will not be participating in Joel Hodgson’s upcoming MST3K reboot. Basically, it sounds like they’re committed to Rifftrax, a project that is more their own than MST3K ever was, both financially and creatively; something which this exchange seems to further confirm. Which, you know, fair enough. Still, I can’t help but feel disappointed that they’ve already written off the possibility so quickly.
Kevin Murphy has yet to comment on the reboot, but one can assume he’s probably abstaining for similar reasons.
Hey, everybody! Remember me? I sure do! I’m back, because Joel Hodgson is planning to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000. MST3K.com now redirects to this Kickstarter page, where Joel is asking for a minimum of $2 million to get three new episodes up and running. The more money they receive, the more episodes they’ll produce, up to what seems to be a maximum of 12. Joel will shop the episodes around to TV and streaming platforms and, well, who knows what’ll happen?
As always, the Kickstarter comes with some perks for donators, including the usual stuff, like t-shirts, coffee mugs, and downloads of the new episodes. But, if you’ve got deep pockets, you can have your very own official Crow or Tom Servo for $8,000, or both for $10k. As I’m writing this, they’ve already secured over $500,000 for the project, with the full 31 days still to go. In other words, this is happening.
The only downside to this project, in my opinion, is that Joel is hoping to recast all the roles. New host, new bot voices, new Mads. The original cast is, of course, invited back to write and guest star, but this is looking to be, for all intents and purposes, a reboot. I trust Joel, but it’s hard not to be a tiny bit disappointed.
The Kickstarter has until December 12th to meet its goal.
J. Elvis Weinstein just sat down for a chat with friend to all MSTies Ken Plume for what Josh describes as “a long, long time.” I haven’t listened to it yet, but I’m going to go ahead and say that it is probably “entertaining,” possibly “incredible,” and most likely not “ghetto fly.” Give a listen here.
Josh sent out an update on the current state of affairs at Cinematic Titanic Central today. In addition to dropping in a new tour stop in Massachusetts this April, he also announced a new DVD release. Like the previous DVD, this one is comprised of live footage, this time of their assault on The Alien Factor. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one or two more live releases this year, since it’s a relatively easy way of releasing new, well-received content with minimal effort involved.
The DVD is set for release on February 23rd, which is… next Tuesday? Really? I hate the passage of time. As I said, the CT crew has also added an extra tour date. I’ve listed it below, along with what I believe is a complete list of their upcoming shows.
2/19 @ Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI — 1st show: War of the Insects, 2nd show: Samson and the 7 Miracles of the World
2/20 @ Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI — 1st show: sold out, 2nd show: Samson
4/15 @ The Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA — Danger on Tiki Island (NEW DATE)
4/16 @ The McCarter Center, Princeton, NJ — Movie undecided; vote here!
4/17 @ The Nokia Theatre Times Square, New York City — Danger on Tiki Island
Wait, a New Jersey show? You’d think I’d be better at finding out about these things. I am not. Anyway, go see them live, if you can. As I’ve said before, it’ll be well worth the time, effort, and cash-moneys. It’s a fantastic experience.