UPDATE: “Con Man” has now become the highest crowdfunded web series of all time. In addition to this towering achievement, the Alan Tudyk-created series also raised the most funds of any web series in its first 24 hours of campaigning. It made more than $1 million in its first day and now stands at a whopping $1.6 million — and counting. The series has nearly quadrupled its goal and still has 28 days left of fundraising. It’s already grossed more than Spike Lee’s campaign for “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” which took in just over $1.4 million.
“Firefly” fans, rejoice.
Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for their upcoming web series, “Con Man.” And in less than 24 hours, their efforts have already been monumentally successful — as of now (11am PST), it’s raised over 60 percent of its goal of $450,000, and seems likely to raise the full amount by the end of its first day.
Tudyk writes, directs and stars in “Con Man,” which boasts a deliciously meta premise: Tudyk’s character, Wray Nerely, was a cast member on “Spectrum,” a sci-fi series which was canceled “too soon” and emerged as a cult classic (sound familiar?). His good friend Jack Moore (Fillion) starred in the series and has gone on to become a major movie star. The series begins with Jack enjoying the life of an A-lister, while Wray tours the sci-fi circuit as a guest of conventions, comic book stores, and lots of pop culture events.
“The series is a light-hearted take on the personalities, luminaries, and characters in the scifi community we are privileged to call ourselves members,” Tudyk wrote on the series’ Indiegogo page. “‘Con Man’ is a way to share some of the surreal occurrences we have had, while telling the story of a guy learning to love and embrace his fans.”
Tudyk and the “Con Man” team are looking to raise the funding for their first three episodes, with a handy breakdown of where the funds would go provided at the bottom of the page. “Con Man” has taken to Indiegogo and avoided a traditional development route because, according to Tudyk, “a network/studio could add plenty to the business of ‘Con Man,’ but at the expense of the show. Complications such as dictating what guests we may have, changing the tone of the show, going into production freezes, having a delayed release … [would occur].”
Of course, if there was any group that could drive a substantial crowdfunding campaign, it’d be the “Firefly” team. The series developed and has maintained an immensely devoted following, and today its fans have clearly shown up and then some. The Indiegogo campaign also features incentives for donating, including a “Con Man” shirt in exchange for $60 donations and a Tudyk-signed poster (along with a shirt) for those that pledge $100 (and if you’re a crazy-enough fan to pledge $10,000, you’ll nab an executive producer credit).
The campaign lasts until April 9. Check out some (fantastic) stills from the project below, and be sure to watch the “Con Man” behind-the-scenes video with Tudyk and Fillion at the top of this post.
To learn more, visit the “Con Man” Indiegogo page here.