By Cory Doctorow at 11:52 am Fri, Dec 2, 2011
The Dork Tower webcomic has a modest proposal: a crowdfunding site called "Kickstopper" that raises funds to persuade Hollywood studios to halt production on tired sequels, franchises, and adaptations.
Dork Tower Thursday
(via The Mary Sue)
“We pay farmers not to farm, but we cannot pay artists not to produce art. Yet something must be done.” — Jacques Barzun
I’ve got $25 to help kill the Total Recall reboot!
I feel a business model coming on. Call it a protection racket, call it what you like, but unless I see some dollars now, my proposal for a remake of “Casablanca” starring Justin Bieber and Snooki is going to be landing on agents’ desks on Monday morning. Still not convinced? Did I mention that it’s in 3D? Directed by Michael Bay? With a chorus of singing CGI chipmunks?
That’s more like it. I knew you’d all see reason eventually.
“Leave $20 million in unmarked bills by the swing set, or the Uno movie gets green-lighted.”
They already did the remake of Casablanca… it starred Pamela Anderson and was titled Barb Wire. I am not kidding… the plot is a 100% direct rip.
And the Munsters reboot happened already… it was titled Munsters today. Thoroughly terrible.
And yet I’d totally pay to see a movie of “Settlers of Catan”.
We’re halfway there…
Very funny piece! :)
Remotely along the same lines but wouldn’t it be nice if we could vote AGAINST a political candidate instead of voting for the least objectionable? It would definitely send a message without changing the outcome of the election.
Even better: since the Citizens United decision has very nearly turned the political process into a fundraising contest, why don’t we take advantage of it? Whichever candidate can raise the most money wins the election, but all the money goes to public programs and charities.
that is brilliant!
Some years ago Chunklet magazine had a contest to determine which band they should pay to break up.
I propose that “Kickstopper” involve actual kicking.
I think this could actually work! The money raised wouldn’t go to the producers, of course. It would go to a charity or to charities. The producers would only get a healthy portion of shame.
You say that as if shame would mean something to a Hollywood producer.
I feel obligated to point out that Clue the Movie is probably one of the best movies ever made. Seriously. Very funny, lots of intrigue, and it’s clearly based on the board game.
There is an exception to every rule.
If what you say is true, then your statement is false.
Ouch, my brain!
The 1000 monkeys typing away in Hollywood occasionally succeed despite themselves.
Just wait until they come out with “Kickstoppers, The Movie”
But what’s the stoppage mechanism? Are we hiring assassins?
Because I’d totally pay for that.
Can they do Retroactive Kickstoppers? They could undo Lucas’ changes to Star Wars
And the Munsters reboot happened already… it was titled Munsters today.
I was thinking about why the Munsters sounds like a terrible idea, but Dark Shadows sounds like a pretty good one. Probably because DS hasn’t been seen by everyone on the planet because it hasn’t been in non-stop syndication for 45 years. Plus it has story arcs rather than a series of single episodes that all have essentially the same plot based on essentially the same joke premise.
Nice mythology, Captain. It would be a shame if someone (knocks ashtray off desk)…rebooted it.
Meh. Let them make the movies they want, no one is forcing me to watch them. And this could come back to bite you in the arse when the next film stopped is one you would have liked to see.
Too Much Coffee Man has run the same joke (the “hero” asks people to pay money to get him to stop writing a book). I saw the strip in print, couldn’t find it online with a quick search though it may be around somewhere. It was called KickStopper there too.
Crowdfund to buy the rights to whatever it is you don’t want to see.
Maybe they can stop a white washed Akira taking place in “Neo New York” featuring anglo-aktors with Japanese names.
Kovalic has a good idea, but game-wise, I’d pay to see “Munchkin: The Movie”.
At the recent Contact Summit in NYC one of the ideas was also called Kickstopper, only this time it related to a way to organize debt and mortgage strikes the way people sometimes organize rent strikes (with money in escrow).
@boingboing-0a300c0afd32cc7b1e6b6ba6f673e465:disqus I was at Contact, too, so my ears pricked upwhen I saw this. I think both concepts are sound. But personally, I think the idea should be called “KickSTAND,” as in taking a stand on an issue.
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