A television series that became a piece of popular culture during its long run is getting attention again. Variety reports that the writer and creator of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” has launched a Kickstarter campaign to generate funding for a new season of the series.
Meanwhile, Shout! Factory has acquired the rights to the series and is partnering with Joel Hodgson, the show’s creator, and his company Alternaversal LLC on plans for the brand. The arrangement covers “new content development, digital media initiatives, live events, merchandise licensing programs and content syndication to international territories,” Variety reports.
Hodgson launched the Kickstarter campaign simultaneously with the news of the Shout! Factory acquisition.
The show ran for 11 seasons, including seven on Comedy Central (known then as Comedy Channel) and three seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel. The series won a Peabody Award in 1993.
In a statement, Hodgson said: “I feel ready for the show’s reboot and hopefully lots of new iterations in different media. I’m also looking forward to working with both creative pros and the loyal fan base who have been inspired by our humble show over the years. … Actually, I’m not sure if there really is such a thing as a humble show, let me check on that.”