Fans of the hit television show Legend of the Seeker are still hopeful that a movie deal can be worked out. The show was cancelled in 2010 when the Tribune Company, forced into bankruptcy by a badly managed leveraged buyout, dropped its support for the syndicated show. Losing the Tribune stations cost Legend of the Seeker 1/3 of its American television market and the remaining 2/3 could not generate ratings high enough to keep the show in production. ABC Studios, which own the rights to the show (based on Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth novels), made a half-hearted attempt to find a network to pick up the show (they aimed for SyFy, which did a lousy job of testing the market).
In the end series star Craig Horner hinted to fans that SyFy’s biggest concern was the large number of illegal downloads of episodes on the Internet. Of course, the huge download fanbase arose in countries where the show was not being broadcast. If you’re a film industry movie executive, you seriously need to see how that kind of demand translates into ticket sales.
Earlier this year Craig Horner hinted to his fans on Twitter that Sam Raimi could put together a movie deal. He just needs to be persuaded that it will be worth his time and creativity. To that end the Save Our Seeker fansite — which has raised over $40,000 in fan donations through the past four years — is running a contest to reward fans for writing letters to Sam Raimi. The contest runs out at midnight on November 9, 2014 (you can see a countdown right on the page).
Sam Raimi is not just some schmuck who occasionally gets a film deal. He and his partner Rob Tapert have put together some of the most successful syndicated and cable television shows in history, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Spartacus. Raimi has produced or directed some pretty heavy hitters in horror and fantasy including “Army of Darkness”, “Darkman”, and “Oz the Great and Powerful”. Oh yeah. He also did three movies with Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-man.
If Sam Raimi decides to do a movie he’ll put his heart and soul into it and that’s a pretty good bet at the box office. Everyone should make money including Raimi and Tapert, ABC Studios, Terry Goodkind, and all the companies that buy merchandising rights. And the fans will get to see their Seeker and Mother Confessor again. Better yet, a successful movie could lead to more movies; and more movies could lead to a new television series. When people are making money, finding a home for new shows is not all that hard.
Legend of the Seeker fans still run Twitter campaigns to keep the flame alive. The latest campaigns ran through October and continue into November: using hashtags like #allseekerseve, #legendoftheseeker, and #legendoftheseekermovie the campaigns strive to reawaken dreams of Confession among the once hard-core fan groups. They have understandably moved on but they will come out of the woodwork if a movie can happen.
November 1 marks the anniversary of the airing of the first episode of the 2008-9 season. November 2 marks the anniversary of the airing of the first episode of the 2009-10 season. This has been a special Legend of the Seeker weekend on social media because a lot of different initiatives came together. And the actors know the fans are doing this. They support fandom and appreciate all the efforts. Former co-stars Craig Horner, Bridget Regan, and Tabrett Bethell all logged onto Twitter during the #AllSeekersEve campaign; they saw the Tweets fans directed at them. They may even have browsed the videos and images that were shared.
These fan campaigns don’t happen in a vacuum. People see them. We just want to remind Sam Raimi that he still has something to gain from working this angle: the satisfaction of knowing that he can revive the seemingly dead franchise, not to mention making a few million more dollars and a great movie. Let him know you’re here. Write Sam Raimi a letter today.