Bryan Fuller updates his struggle to bring back Pushing Daisies

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Mar 28, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT (Updated)

It only lasted two seasons, and it's been off the air for about four years, but fan love has yet to wane for Bryan Fuller’s quirky little TV series Pushing Daisies. Luckily, Fuller feels the same way, and Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter resurrection has him hard at work to bring his own passion project back to life.

Fuller has been tinkering with a script for a while now to make a Pushing Daisies movie, set in his quirky world centering on a pie-maker who can bring things and people back to life.

It’s a warm, bright, dark comedy, which might explain why it never really caught on with a wide audience. But it was still awesome, so Fuller hasn’t given up, and has even offered an update on his attempt to bring the series back to life.

Here’s what he told Film School Rejects:

“With Pushing Daisies, we had to build a world. We have to build the pie hole, visual effects, have zombie makeup, and there’s a lot more production elements involved. We made the one-hour pilot for $6 million. Every [other] episode was about $3m to make for the series. To do a movie, I believe we would need between $10-15 million to do it, and that’s harder to ask for than what Veronica Mars is asking for...

I emailed Barry Sonnenfeld first, asking, ‘Would you direct it?’ He said, ‘Well, let’s go to the studio first.’ [Laughs] Yeah, let’s do this one step at a time. I mean, with Veronica Mars they laid out their plan, had all their ducks in a row, and knew what they were doing by the time they hit Kickstarter. I have a lot of catchup to do to see what is possible for Pushing Daisies, what the studio involvement would be, and what the studio’s appetite would be. I have a lot to learn from Rob Thomas on how they pulled it off, and to see if I can do the same with Pushing Daisies.

I would love to return to that world. It’s a very happy place for me. I crammed that show with so many things I love, from dogs to pies to zombies to Kristin Chenoweth. When I was writingHannibal, I had nowhere to go to give me light. When I was working on Pushing Daisies, if it ever got tough, I was surrounded by things that could make me smile.”

So yeah, he’s taking the odds pretty seriously, though it’d be hard to ask fans to bankroll  a $10+ million budget. Pushing Daisies has a cult following, sure, but that’s still a lot of change. At least Fuller is trying to put a plan in place, and here’s hoping he can make it happen.

Would you like to see a Pushing Daisies movie to finally wrap up the quirky little show that could?

(Via Film School Rejects)

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