— Mara Brock Akil (@MaraBrockAkil) March 14, 2013
The above is a tweet from Mara Brock Akil early this morning (7:36am/EST to be exact), very likely inspired by the unprecedented success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign I ruminated on yesterday. By the way, in 24 hours, that campaign has raised more than $3.1 million – with 29 days still to go in the campaign. If contributions continue at this rate, who knows what the end tally will be? You’d figure that, at some point, the pace at which contributions are being made will start to slow down. Although, when the series was on TV, it was averaging 2.5 million viewers. As of this post, 47,000 people have contributed to the Kickstarter campaign; so, there’s still lots of upside potential.
But back to Mara Brock Akil’s tweet… I actually didn’t even know about it until this evening, when actress Reagan Gomez mentioned it a number of times on my Twitter feed. Naturally, I had to follow the conversations which led me back to Mara’s tweet at 7:36 in the morning.
She actually doesn’t have a lot of followers – around 1,200 (although the Akil Productions Twitter account, which is obviously separate, does) – so it doesn’t look like the Tweet really traveled, and I’m guessing a lot of folks (like myself) weren’t aware of it.
But if you’re reading this, now you know.
So, if you want to see a Girlfriends movie (which Mara created), and you would definitely contribute to a Girlfriends Kickstarter campaign (like those rabid Veronica Mars fans did), follow Mara on Twitter, if you’re not already, and tell her that (
@MaraBrockAkil). And also *like* the Akil Productions Facebook page.
I assume she’s serious about this, and it’s not just a stunt. I checked her Twitter page, and she hasn’t retracted since the above post last night. So I assume if the news of her announcement goes viral, and she receives a healthy number of responses in support of a film and crowd-funding campaign, then she’ll act.
Girlfriends averaged around 4 million viewers in its early seasons, and ended with around 2 million viewers before it went off the sir. So its fan-base is really just about the same size as the Veronica Mars fan-base. The question of course is whether fans of Girlfriends want to see a feature film based on the TV series, and its characters…
And if not Girlfriends, what would you like to see revived and would contribute to?
As of this post, there were 93 retweets of Mara’s tweet. I expect that number (which you can watch above) to suddenly start to rise once this news spreads… we’ll see.