MST3K’s latest kickstarter funds new streaming platform
After several network cancellations, cult comedy show Mystery Science Theater 3000 turned to Kickstarter in 2015 to fund a comeback. After raising over $ 6 million, a feat that helped him break several platform records, Netflix picked up the series. However, this triumph was shortlived, with the streaming giant cancellation of the series in 2019.
This all brings us to today, with creator Joel Hodgson and company launch of another Kickstarter. But more than just raising enough money to film additional episodes, they also want to build a “virtual theater”. Dubbed the Gizmoplex, it will be a place where fans can take part in watch parties, attend live events and more. Trying to build his own distribution platform, Hodgson says MST3K wants to build a “sustainable” business model that will allow fans to “decide how long we need to keep going.”
To this end, the initial goal is to raise $ 2 million. With this money, the team will have enough to film three episodes and create the Gizmoplex. At $ 3.3 million, Hodgson says he has the resources to launch the Gizmoplex apps for Android and iOS, as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku. The ultimate goal is to produce 12 episodes and 12 short films with funding of $ 5.5 million. At the time of writing, approximately 3,470 people have pledged over $ 757,000 for the project. With 30 days to go to the end of the campaign, we think it’s safe to say Mystery Science Theater 3000 comes again.