Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars, launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring the defunct series to the silver screen. He used the high demand from fans to reach $2 million in donations in 12 hours. Thomas’ triumph is inspiring other show creators to consider a similar crowd-source funding campaign.
Mara Brock Akil, the creator of Girlfriends is pondering a Kickstarter campaign to bring Joan, Lynn, Maya and Toni may to the silver screen as well.
All of the actresses appear to be on board. The foursome posed at the Essence: Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon last month and Tracee Ellis-Ross, Joan Clayton, has expressed interest in bringing “Girlfriends” to the theater.
“I would love to do a ‘Girlfriends’ movie. I want to see Joan get married,” Ellis-Ross said to Sister 2 Sister Magazine in 2011. “I want Toni and Joan to find their friendship back again. I want that closure, and I think a movie would be a great way to do it.”
Ellis-Ross also asked fans to demand “Girlfriends” in order for movie studios to fund the project.
“I think the fans have to ask for it,” Ellis-Ross told Wendy Williams during a 2012 appearance.
But as Shadow & Act points out, it’s not as simple as it seems.
“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 it whether fans of Girlfriends want to see a feature film based on the TV series, and its characters…”
The answer has not been determined. But if you want to see a “Girlfriends” movie, follow Mara on Twitter and tweet your interest. And like the Akil Productions Facebook page.
Let’s make it happen!