Legend of the Seeker Fans Asking Sam Raimi Directly for a Movie

March 17, 2014

The chances of bringing back a full multi-season television show based on Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth novels have faded mostly because the principal actors have accumulated many commitments over the past four years. But hope has been kept alive by a small cadre of fans who have organized events at conferences, letter writing campaign, and social media collaborations.

More than 15,000 fans have signed a petition for SMGO.TV to win their support for bringing the show back into production. (That link, btw, points to a Google cache image of the page — I am receiving a 502 Gateway error when I try to bring up the page directly).

The folks at SMGO did, in fact, meet with at least some of the right people to get a production moving again. Although they indicated there was considerable support for the idea (given the show’s strong fandom presence as well as other recent revival successes), not all of the decision-makers were fully supportive. It was this reluctance that forced Laura Ventura (of Save Our Seeker) and her allies to start looking more into a movie project.

Movies can spawn TV shows just as TV shows can spawn movies. All you have to do is look at the Star Trek franchise to see how works. It comes down to money: how much money will all the interested parties stand to make and can they agree to work together long enough to make that money?

Over the past few days Laura began asking fans target=”_blank”>to contact Sam Raimi directly to ask him to help bring about a Legend of the Seeker movie. If we can get the movie made, and if it’s successful enough, money will talk in ways that fandoms cannot.

The “Veronica Mars” movie opened in theaters this past weekend and it brought in over $2 million in ticket sales. That it was outperformed by “Mr. Peabody” is no surprise but that it managed to get into the top ten movies for the weekend is pretty impressive. The fans of this disenfranchised television show still have a chance to persuade Warner Bros. to do something else with the characters.

But if nothing else they got a movie. Fans of Firefly, which failed to amaze large audiences when it was on television for a single season about ten years ago, managed to get a movie made (“Serenity”). I never watched Firefly when it was on (I had other interests at the time) but I did recently have time to catch up on those episodes on Hulu. I did watch (and enjoy) “Serenity” when it came out in the theaters and I know I have bought the movie on DvD at least once. I can see why Firefly fans keep hoping the franchise will come back but they would have to overcome a lot of challenges to do that (such as the fact that Nathan Fillion is starring in Castle, a long-running mystery drama show).

So, remember: Legend of the Seeker did not fail because there was no audience for it. The show had more than enough American viewers to support the advertising that was required to keep the show in production. It was the financial failure of the Tribune Company, which at that time controlled about 1/3 of the American syndication market for LOTS, that led to the show’s cancellation. ABC Studios made a half-hearted effort to find a new home for the show, and SyFy made a half-hearted effort to test the show with their audiences (and that was always a poor choice for distribution anyway).

At this point we want a theatrical release. Get a movie into theaters and DvD sales will follow. Stargate SG-1 fans had to settle for two direct-to-DvD movies (we were promised three) but at least we got the movies.

Science fiction television history is packed with examples of how strong fan involvement can keep a TV franchise going after the show is cancelled. When I first joined this fight I recruited some of my old online friends/allies from Xena and Hercules fandom to pitch in. Some of them obliged, for a time, but they had seen this before. (Xena fans are still trying to get a movie made.) The potential for disappointment loomed large in their hearts.

Perhaps I deal with disappointment and frustration better than most. I don’t know. I really enjoyed the TV show and I would love to see the band get back together for an encore performance. And if Terry Goodkind and Sam Raimi and ABC Studios/Disney can make some money along the way, what the heck? Why not line their pockets in exchange for something a lot of us still want, right?

Okay, if you haven’t clicked on that link yet, go visit the Tumblr page and read all about it.

Or just send a polite letter to Sam Raimi via Ghost House Pictures:

Sam Raimi
Ghost House Pictures
315 S Beverly Drive, Ste 216
Beverly Hills CA, 90212

If you can include a picture of yourself with the DvDs for Legend of the Seeker (it doesn’t have to be printed on photo paper), that will help make an impression, too.

Good luck to all of us.

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