A few days ago we reported that former Firefly shipmates Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk were teaming up for a new web series called Con Man, and that duo was hoping to fund the project via Indiegogo. The series, which features a show-with-a-show concept, will focus on the sci-fi convention scene.
Fans have truly shown their support for the series by opening their wallets, and blowing through the $425,000 ceiling to well over $1.6 million and counting. Con Man has now raised the most funds ever by a web series in its first 24 hours, and is also now the all-time highest crowdfunded web series in history.
The duo will be joined by other sci-fi actors and fan favorites such as Sean Maher, Gina Torres, James Gunn, Seth Green, Felicia Day, and Amy Acker, and possibly even more if production gets underway.
Tudyk says of the project,
If you’ve gone to a sci-fi convention, you’ve only seen half of it. CON MAN delivers what convention ‘All-Access’ passes have only promised in the past. I’ve been to conventions from San Diego to Dubai and I have so many great experiences to share through the world of CON MAN. The sci-fi fans have changed my life and I want to give them a chance to see a new view of the world they built. I hope that the fans will join me in making this series a reality by supporting my Indiegogo campaign.
I’m here to say, ‘WOOOO!’ and you can quote me. Let me explain: Alan has, for the entire time that I’ve known him, never failed to impress me with his talent. Don’t think I’m blowing smoke here, because it kills me inside to say it, but he’s better than me. We’ve all seen his acting, but until you know him as a writer, you’re being short changed. I’m not one who needs to fill every waking moment with the ‘next project’, but I truly believe people need to see what Alan is capable of, and I’m ready to do what it takes to show them. So, buckle up, peeps. Alan’s driving, and I’m sticking my head out the sunroof screaming ‘WOOOO!’
The press release also notes that fans who give to the project will have access to perks like scripts, props, set visits, private screenings, and more. While personally I’m not a fan of celebrities using crowdfunding sites for their projects, I support these two in their endeavor just because they are great. Plus, the subject matter hasn’t really been explored before, and I trust them to get it right (because as Tudyk noted, it’s been such a big part of their lives and careers).
CON MAN centers around the post-show life of Wray Nerely, (Tudyk) the pilot and co-star of SPECTRUM, a sci-fi series which was cancelled before it’s time and eventually became a cult classic beloved by fans. Wray’s good friend, Jack Moore (Fillion) starred in the series and has gone on to become a major celebrity, while Wray continued to struggle to find his big break. While Jack enjoys the life of an A-lister, Wray tours the sci-fi circuit as a guest of conventions, comic book stores, and lots of pop culture events. The show will explore all the weird and crazy things that happen to Wray along the way, while telling the story of a guy learning to love and embrace his fans.
For more information and to contribute, visit their Indiegogo site. The deadline is set for April 9th.